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9 Things Only People With Albinism Can Understand

No one likes to feel different. All throughout our lives, we see or hear about people being teased over their appearance. It’s easier to poke fun at the unknown than to simply ask why someone appears to look little more unique than others.

That’s how many people with albinism feel every day. Their stark blond hair and extremely fair skin might make them stand out in a sea of normalcy, sometimes for the worst. But what many people with albinism really need is for folks like you and me to understand, moreso than anything else, is that they get it. They know they are different.

Albinism (aka being “albino”) occurs when the melanin in the skin, hair, and eyes becomes defective. The cause of albinism is unknown, but many doctors say genetics are to blame. People with albinism can have very light-colored hair and eyes. Or others suffering from the condition could present pinkish-red eyes and hair color that almost appears clear.

So, now that we know a little more about albinism, let’s check out 9 things people with albinism can understand that us “normal-looking” folks don’t usually consider.

1. Some People With Albinism Have Disabilities

When suffering from albinism, it’s common to develop vision issues. Because the melanin in the eye is missing or lacking in people with this disorder, a sensitivity to light, blurred vision, and rapid eye movements are all possible symptoms of albinism.

2. They Get It. They’re “Different.”

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Monica Leftwich


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