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