Albinism – Freedom Scientific
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Albinism is a relatively rare congenital disorder that occurs in about one person in every 17,000 in the United States. It is characterized by a lack of pigment in the hair, skin, and eyes. It is associated with vision problems, including low vision, nystagmus, and photophobia.

albinism visual comparison to normal vision

What is albinism? Albinism is a pigment deficiency that causes several physical conditions, the most prominent being lack of color in the hair, skin, and eyes. Albinism is genetic and occurs in all races, in fact, in all vertebrates. People with albinism often have low vision, including photophobia, a sensitivity to light and glare. They also often have nystagmus, a rapid irregular movement of the eyes from side to side.

What can be done if albinism is diagnosed? People who are born with albinism are advised to avoid sunlight, not only because they can get sunburn more easily, but also because their condition puts them at greater risk for certain types of skin cancer. Their visual impairment means they frequently need assistive technology to read and work.

What devices can help? Many people with albinism find that video magnifiers enable them to enjoy the activities of work, school, and their personal lives. By adjusting the contrast on the video magnifiers, they can use a magnified view without discomfort or fatigue. Freedom Scientific’s video magnifiers all have easy contrast adjustments.

  • TOPAZ Desktop Video Magnifiers allow you to read magazines and letters, view family photos, write checks, or engage in your favorite hobby, all in the comfort of your home or office.
  • RUBY Handheld Video Magnifiers can slip comfortably into a pocket or purse, giving you easy access to photos, letters, menus, prescription labels, and so much more, wherever you go.
  • ONYX Portable Video Magnifiers move from school to home to the office to help you see the board, read your assignments, take notes, do crafts, or to read, write, and view business presentations.
  • SAPPHIRE Handheld Video Magnifier magnifies bills, bank statements, and even three-dimensional items like food labels and pill bottles for continued independence.
  • MAGic Screen Magnification Software provides screen magnification and screen reading for low vision computer users.