By: Leah Thornburg & Kayla Carr

About Albinism...

Albinism is also known as Achromasia. Some symptoms are rapidly moving eyes, lazy eyes, sensitivity to light, and/or loss of color or freckles on the skin. It is usually self diagnosed and certain treatments include: sunglasses to protect eyes from UV rays, protective clothing/sunscreen, prescription glasses to help vision problems, and surgery on the muscles of the eyes. There is no cure yet for albinism.
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Sir Archibald Garrod was the first to suggest that albinism was due to the failure of the intracellular enzymes. Albinism occurs when there is a small amount of melanin or no pigment in the skin at all. Even though it is a hereditary condition, there is usually no family history of it.
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What's Affected...

Albinism affects the hair, skin, and eyes on humans and other animals. The hair is usually blonde or white. Skin color is often very pale, and they sometimes have red, pink or blue eyes. Also, since albinism is sex-linked/hereditary, some albinos children may suffer form some of these symptoms.