Albinism is a genetic defect in melanin production causing the body to lack color in hair, skin, and the iris of the eye. Albinism in the eye is called ocular albinism. This condition can cause vision problems, such as reduced sharpness (visual acuity) and depth perception (stereoscopic vision).
Currently, the NEI does not have a fact sheet on this condition.
Albinism is one of the disorders being studied in the National Ophthalmic Genotyping Network (eyeGENE).
National Eye Institute, National Ophthalmic Disease Genotyping Network (eyeGENE�)
For more information from other health sites, please visit the following webpages:
Genetics Home Reference, Ocular albinism
Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man, Albinism, Ocular, TYPE II; OCA2
The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH)
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