Albinism typically refers to a group of inherited disorders where there is little to no production of the pigment melanin. The type and amount of melanin that your body produces decides the color of your skin, hair, and eye color. Melanin production also affects your optic nerves meaning many people diagnosed with albinism have associated vision problems.

Common vision problems connected to albinism include:

  • Abnormal development of the retina resulting in reduced vision
  • Astigmatism
  • Blindness
  • Involuntary eye movement
  • Issues with depth perception
  • Nearsightedness or farsightedness
  • Poor vision acuity
  • Sensitivity to light (also known as photosensitivity)
  • Strabismus

Treatment options can include bifocal lenses, prescription contacts, or eyewear to help with vision loss. Your doctor may also recommend routine exams to manage your prescription.

For more information on how albinism can affect your vision and learn about our services or schedule an appointment, contact our office today at (732) 279-3268.