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4days..his eyes and they seem to be focusing

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hi. our new baby boy was diagnoised with albinism. he is 4days old and has started to open his eyes and they seem to be focusing. does this mean that is not that much of a severe case. thank you, stuart
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 6 years ago.
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It would be too premature to make any statement now on this condition.In albinism , the main ocular problem is from the glare and photophobia arising from the absence of pigments in the iris. This can be taken care of later in life by wearing protective glasses. The major concern as far involvement of inner layers of the eye is due to poor macular development beyond 6 months of age( if such an event occurs, it leads to nystagmus ie is rhythmic movement of both the eyeballs). It would be difficult to answer your query whether the albinism is severe or not and only time can tell how severe it is.

If you are interested in gathering more information on this condition , you can follow this link- http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1216066-overview

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