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How is albinism diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Albinism is usually diagnosed in infants or children, although people are diagnosed later in life, too. Through a physical exam, a doctor will look for changes in skin, eye, and hair color and ask specific questions about family history, called a pigment history, to see if the individual has lighter coloring than the majority of family members.

Eye doctors may perform an exam to look for a child's eyes shifting quickly and involuntarily (nystagmus), tracking problems as well as sensitivity to light.

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