Olympia eye clinic VUE provides patients with comprehensive eye care, annual exams, and treatment for eye disease and genetic eye disorders, such as albinism.
Albinism is a genetic condition characterized by the partial or complete lack of pigment in the hair, eyes, and skin. It is found in all races, in mammals, birds, amphibians, and fish, and occurs in 1 in 17,000 Americans. Interestingly, even though albinism is hereditary, there is usually no family history of it.
People with albinism often have vision problems and may have very light, red, or purple eyes. Vision problems related to albinism are the result of abnormal development of the retina, and abnormal development of nerve connections between the eye and brain. Most people with this condition have poor vision, sensitivity to light, and nystagmus. Sometimes they have strabismus.