Albinism

Albinism

Dr. KennedyAlbinism: Partial or total lack of the pigment melanin in the skin, hair and iris. The term “albino” was first applied by the Portuguese to “white” people they encountered in West Africa. Those “white” people probably had partial or complete albinism, an inherited lack of pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes. The lack of pigment in the eye impairs vision and often leads to jerky involuntary rhythmic eye movements called nystagmus. Albinism: Partial or total lack of the pigment melanin in the skin, hair and iris. The term “albino” was first applied by the Portuguese to “white” people they encountered in West Africa. Those “white” people probably had partial or complete albinism, an inherited lack of pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes. The lack of pigment in the eye impairs vision and often leads to jerky involuntary rhythmic eye movements called nystagmus.

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