Ocular Albinism is a genetic disorder caused by one of several possible genetic defects that make the body unable to produce melanin, a natural substance that colors the hair, skin and iris of the eye.

Ocular Albinism Type 1 (OA1) affects only the eyes.  Though skin and eye color are usually within the normal range, from blue to green to brown, there is no color in the retina, the tissue at the back of the eye.  Color in the iris may be spotty, and some OA1 patients find their eye color darkens with age.

Symptoms

The lack of pigment in the eye can cause a number of vision problems:

  • Reduced visual acuity (sharpness)
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • Nystagmus – involuntary back-and-forth eye movements
  • Strabismus – crossed eyes

Treatment

Although there is no cure for Ocular Albinism, there many treatments available that can greatly improve vision and quality of life.  Advanced optics, including specialized telescopic or microscopic eyeglasses or custom-made contact lenses, can help Ocular Albinism sufferers see better and navigate life more easily and independently.

To find out whether advanced optics might help you see better, please contact us today or call 1-888-552-2020 to schedule a free, no-obligation 15-minute phone consultation.

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