What is ocular albinism?

Lack of eye pigment. This is an inherited condition in which the normal eye pigment cannot be produced due to a genetic defect. Persons with this have pink irises, lowered vision, eyes that frequently dance (nystagmus) and maldevelopment of the macula. Their lashes are pure white in color. Almost eye with complete disease, have little pigment elsewhere, cannot withstand sunlight, and have white hair; pale skin.

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What is ocular cutaneous albinism?

It is. An inherited disorder in which there is limited or no production of melanin. Melanin is the primary pigment the makes the skin colored. It is also very important in the eye. People who have this have very fair skin, blonde or red hair and blue eyes. They typically have very poor eyesight as well, and many are blind. Read more...

Can ocular albinism be cured?

Albino with eye issu. Frankly speaking no. This a genetic issue and there is no cure. With regard to the eyes - it is suggested that you wear sunglasses and stay out of the direct light and sun. Read more...
Not now. This is a genetic defect in the production of melanin, the normal brownish pigment of the body and eye. There is no current cure although stem cell work offers some promise in the future. Read more...

Is it possible for people with ocular albinism to still be able to drive?

Mostly not. Most with complete ocular albinism have visual defects which gives them a corrected vision below most State standards. Therefore they are forbidden to drive. A few escape this and have good enough vision. Read more...

Should I be concerned if my 11 week old son has ocular albinism, what is this?

Evaluation needed. Albinism is an inherited condition in which pigment formation is disturbed. In ocular albinism the eyes mostly are affected producing pale eye color, light sensitivity and lowered vision. Complete albinism causes the skin to be pasty white, the iris to be pink and the hair to be pure white. The vision is always diminished in this form. An ophthalmologist should be consulted for your child. Read more...
Opthal visit. I agree that an ophthalmologist who specializes in children should be consulted. I would suggest asking them about how to optimize your son's vision. Read more...

What are the long term outcomes of surgery for ocular albinism? This is for a mild case for 16 month baby boy

No surgery. There is no surgery to correct the problem. If a muscle imbalance is present, they can do as well as any other patient. If there is strong macular involvement (the center "seeing" part of the retina), this can severly limit central vision as the child gets older. Best to see a retina specialist early. Read more...

Please let me know if there is any connection with having ocular albinism and being color blind?

No connection. These are two separate problems but they can occur in the same person. Read more...
No. These are two different inherited conditions which usually are separate but which in a few individuals occur simultaneously. There is no direct linkage and the percentages are the same for each condition. Read more...

My 4 months kid has been detected with ocular albinism / partial albinism. Currentl doctor is not sure how much vision he has. I am really depressed.

Don't be. I have had one in my practice for 17 yrs who is doing well and planning to go to medical school. You cannot predict the outcome of any infant in general terms but this label does not necessarily mean you have to think all is lost. Read more...