Albinism affects the production of melanin, the pigment that colours skin, hair and eyes.
People with albinism have a reduced amount of melanin or no melanin at all, which can cause characteristic signs and symptoms often obvious from birth.
Depending on the amount of melanin the person has, they may have very pale hair, skin and eyes, although some people with albinism can have brown or ginger hair and skin that can tan.
People also usually have a number of eye conditions, such as:
- problems with eyesight – they may benefit from wearing glasses, although these can’t usually fully correct vision
- nystagmus (involuntary eye movements)
- photophobia (sensitivity to light)
Yvonne Edozien, is an albino and lives in Nigeria. In the videos below, Yvonne tells her story “Growing up Albino” to Glory Edozien of Inspire Series.