This is a vision related autosomal recessive condition. It is a genetically inherited condition that affects the skin and eyes. It can lead to pigment deficiencies in the hair, skin, and the eyes as well. An inability to create the normal range of pigment cells in the iris and retina characterises this condition. It can also be lined with other conditions like nystagmus.
HOW IS OCULAR ALBINISM DIAGNOSED?
This disorder is diagnosed by the characteristic signs and symptoms exhibited by the patient. An eye test could be performed for further confirmation.
HOW IS OCULAR ALBINISM TREATED?
An ophthalmologist after determining the extent of the disorder would prescribe regular eye tests and glasses or contact lenses to help improve vision. Dark glasses would be recommended when going out to help patients cope with light sensitivity.
DID YOU KNOW?
Unlike other forms of albinism ocular albinism only affects the eyes not the skin and hair and is more prevalent among males.