Though the human race comes in a wide assortment of colors, those born with albinism stand out from the crowd. A condition that affects approximately one in every 17,000 individuals, it is caused by a defunct or barely-performing enzyme, tyrosinase. Without it, the body cannot properly produce melanin, which is what colors our skin. The skin appears extremely pale, white or even pinkish. Hair and eyebrows are extremely blond, lightly greyish or white. The irises of the eyes can be lightly-colored or even in rare occasions, red.
Those who were born with this condition have to be vigilant to protect themselves from excess exposure to the sun – no melanin means no golden tan, they can burn in a split second. This also means that they are prone to suffer from skin cancers. Vision is also affected, with many reporting difficulties dealing with bright lights and direct sunlight.
As of yet, there is no specific treatment course for albinism. However, the obstacles thrown up by this condition can be usually be overcome by making several adaptations to one’s daily lifestyle. Those with albinism usually lead normal, full and happy lives, without suffering from additional issues.