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What is albinism?


Albinism is a genetic condition that affects the colour of the body tissues. People with the condition have little or no pigment in their eyes, skin or hair.

In its more severe form, the iris appears pink and the skin white.

There are several types of albinism and the loss of pigmentation varies. Therefore some people with the condition have pinkish or violet eyes while some have blue, hazel or brown eyes.

Albinism occurs in 1 in 20,000 people across all geographic and ethnic groups.

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