Ocular Albinism is a genetic disorder that results in the reduction of colouring or pigmentation of the iris and retina. This pigmentation is necessary for normal vision and therefore people with this condition have impaired vision in both eyes, sensitivity to light and rapid eye movements.
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?
Treatment for infants including using eye patches for correcting the disorder. In others, there could be the use of tinted glasses that is known for reducing photophobia. Using bifocals in both adults and kids is known to help in the same. Drugs like Nitisinone are also given as a preventive measure for parents with a history of the same. Though it is not completely effective, it helps reduce the extent of the disorder.
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.