Ocular Albinism: An Overview

Albinism is a genetic disorder that affects the production of melanin pigment in your body. Melanin is a chemical that is produced in your body that will determine the color of your skin, hair, and eyes. There are several types of albinism and one of them is ocular albinism.

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Ocular albinism is a less common type of albinism, and it only affects your eyes. This condition is more common in boys than in girls. When you have ocular albinism, your eyes will look different and can act differently than those with “normal” eyes. Often, you might also need to wear special glasses or contact lenses when you have this condition. But you won’t lose your eyesight and it won’t get worse as time passes. As a matter of fact, according to studies, children who have ocular albinism have better eyesight as they get older.

Ocular albinism is a genetic disorder that you usually inherit from your mother. And women who have these genes usually do not have symptoms. When you have this condition, it will usually affect your retina and the nerves behind your eyes. When you look at things, they can look blurry, and this is because your retina does not develop the way it should. Aside from having blurry eyesight, your eyes will also look different. Because albinism keeps your body from producing melanin, your eyes will be blue in color. The blood vessels inside your eyes can show through the colored part and they make your eyes look pink or red.

And because ocular albinism is a genetic condition, there is rarely a cure for it. However, there are several ways where you can make the most of your vision even though you have ocular albinism. This condition may affect your daily life but it will not stop you from living your best and most enjoyable life.

Manage your condition by going to your regular eye appointments. Have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist so they can monitor your eyes for any vision problems. Regular eye exams can help detect any eye conditions that are often associated with ocular albinism, such as nystagmus, strabismus, and amblyopia.

The severity of the effects of ocular albinism on every person can vary from person to person. Others may have vision impairment while others may not.  If there is a history of ocular albinism in your family, you and your family should undergo genetic testing to be sure you have the same condition.

At Doral Health and Wellness Ophthalmology Center, our eye doctors can help you care for your eyes. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 1-347-384-5690 or visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212. You can also visit our website at https://www.ophthalmologybrooklyn.com.