Read this to figure out what to do about Albinism.
Types of Albinism and Why it Occurs
The way that Albinism happens is that one of the several genetic defects makes the body unable to produce or distribute melanin, a natural substance that gives color to your hair, skin, and iris of the eye. It is linked to the X-chromosome and it is inherited by parents giving you a recessive trait.
Here is a picture of a girl with Oculocutaneous Albinism.
Can you prevent it?
if you do have a child with albinism it will not need much medical help unless you have Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, they may just have to limit their outdoor time because of the damaging rays of the sun.
You can also have a prenatal diagnosis because now they have the analysis of the fetal genomic tyrosinase DNA it is a rapid and reliable approach to the prenatal diagnosis of Albinism at a relatively early stage of pregnancy.
Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) is a group of rare inherited disorders characterized by a reduction or complete lack of melanin pigment in the skin, hair and eyes.
Hermansky–Pudlak syndrome (HPS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder which results in Oculocutaneous albinism (decreased pigmentation), bleeding problems due to a platelet abnormality (platelet storage pool defect)), and storage of an abnormal fat-protein compound (Lysosomal accumulation of ceroid lipofuscin).
Symptoms and Treatment
Symptoms and Treatment options
Some treatment options are:
- Wear sunglasses to protect eyes from UV rays.
- Wear protective clothing to protect your skin from the UV rays.
- Wear sunscreen to protect skin.
- Get prescription eyeglasses to correct vision problems.
- Get surgery on eye muscles to correct abnormal eye movements.
There is no cure for Albinism, but these treatment options help.