Understanding terminologies

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  • ALBINISM is a recessive genetic condition characterized by lack of pigment Melanin in the skin, hair and the eyes. 
  • CWA:   Refers to a Child With Albinism
  • Freckle: a small patch of light brown colour on the skin, often becoming more pronounced through exposure to the sun.
  • Melanin: is a photo protective pigment that plays major role in absorbing Ultra Violet (UV) radiation from the sun
  • Moles: growths on the skin that are usually brown or black.
  • Nystagmus: is a condition of involuntary (or voluntary, in rare cases) eye movement, acquired in infancy or later in life,  mostly referred to as “dancing eyes”
  • OA: Refers to Ocular albinism, a type of albinism that affects only the eyes
  • OCA: Refers to OculoCutaneous albinism, a type of albinism that affects the hair, eyes and the skin
  • PWA: Refers to a Person with Albinism
  • seborrhoeic keratosis: most common noncancerous skin growths in older adults. Usually appears as a brown, black or light tan growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back.
  • Strabismus: Refers to the condition which  the eyes aren’t correctly aligned and point in different directions when looking at an object
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