Legally Blind 13: How I See the World

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Special Need- Albinism

We are re-posting some articles about special needs that are commonly seen on the China shared list. This article was written by Pat Marcus, a pediatric physical therapist.

Albinism is a group of genetic conditions that causes a lack of pigment. It can effect only the eyes or both the eyes and skin. For the most part Albinism is what we call a recessive trait and that means that parents without signs of Albinism can have a child with Albinism. In this condition, the genes that produce the pigment melanin that colors the skin don’t produce enough pigment. The National Organization of Albinism and Hypopigmentation(NOAH) reports one in every 17,000 person in the United States has some type of Albinism.

There are several associated issues with Albinism. The first and primary one is vision. Individuals with Albinism have low vision and often their eyes shake side to side. Although many children with Albinism are legally blind they can see functionally.

Often by holding the object very close and slowly looking at it. A diagnosis of legal blindness is not always indicative of how a child will function. There are many treatments that can improve low vision and functional vision in these children. The issue of eyes shaking side to side is called nystagmus. Many visual issues associated with Albinism can benefit from mild surgical intervention, prescription glasses and sun glasses, visual rehabilitation and adaptive aides for vision(magnifiers, computer screen magnification, proper lighting).

The second common problem is skin lacking pigment can be burned quickly, there by causing skin cancers. There are great sun screens and Sun blocking clothing available now. Many parents refer to this as a non issue. Here is the most important thing to know. Children with Albinism are of normal intelligence and will live a normal life span. For more information you can visit . There...

Source: Gladney Center's Asia Waiting Child Program

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Answers: No--6.50 and 7.00 are rather large numbers, but if your glasses/contacts can correct you so that you can see 20/100 or better, you are not legally blind.

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