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Albinism is an inherited condition that affects the production of melanin, the pigment that colours the skin, hair and eyes.
Symptoms of albinism
In albinism, the lack of the pigment, melanin, affects the colour of a person's hair, skin and eyes.
Causes of albinism
Albinism is caused by a lack of the pigment melanin, which usually gives the hair, skin and eyes their colour.
Diagnosing albinism
In most cases, albinism will be obvious from a baby's characteristics when they are born.
Treating albinism
Albinism itself does not need to be treated, but the associated skin and eye problems it can cause do.