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  • Albinism
    Rob Byrne
  • Causes
    Occurs when genetic defects make the body unable to produce melanin
    Type 1 - caused by defects that affect production of the pigment, melanin
    Type 2 - due to a defect in the "P" gene. People with this type have slight coloring at birth.
  • Transmission
    Transmitted genetically
    A person can have it and not even know it
    Any race or gender can get it
  • Diagnosis
    Genetic testing is the only way to find out if you have the disease
    Tested with a sample of blood, hair or skin
  • Signs And Symptoms
    Absence of color in the hair, skin, or iris of the eye.
    Patchy, missing skin color.
    Crossed eyes
    Light sensitivity
    Rapid eye movements
    Vision problems, or functional .
  • Treatments
    No real “cure” for Albinism
    Laser eye surgery and visual rehabilitation
    Glasses
    Avoiding Sunlight
    Because Albinism is genetic there is no real way to prevent it