Albinism and precautions to minimise complications

Dr Neo Sekgoma
Dr Neo Sekgoma

International Albinism Awareness Day observed on June 13 is an opportunity for people around the world to unite, raise awareness and show support to people living with Albinism.

Oculocutaneous Albinism (OCA) best known as Albinism is a genetic condition that affects the production of melanin pigment resulting in partial or complete absence of melanin, a pigment that is necessary for the colour of the skin, the hair and eyes.

This genetic condition runs in families and there are particular genes involved which are inherited from the mother and father of the individual, however it can occur spontaneously in some cases.

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