Today is International Albinism Day

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Today, June 13, is International Albinism Day which is aimed to initiate public condemnation on discrimination and attacks of people with albinism.

The day was adopted by the United Nations’s General Assembly on November 18, 2014. This historic resolution confirmed the global focus on albinism advocacy.

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Research reveals the following seven eye conditions that can occur in someone with albinism:

• Nystagmus – eyes move rapidly and uncontrollably back and forth
• Strabismus – eyes do not function in unison
• Amblyopia – also referred to as a “lazy eye”
• Extreme nearsightedness or farsightedness
• Optic nerve Hypoplasia – underdeveloped optic nerve
• Optic nerve misrouting – nerve signals from the retina to the brain follow unusual nerve routes
• Astigmatism – abnormal inflexibility of the front surface of the eye or lens causing blurred vision.

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