Woman With Albinism Reveals What a Colorless Eye Actually Looks Like

A woman with albinism has revealed what a colorless eye really looks like, and it turns out most of the time it's violet.

Kayla Ludlow, who is legally blind, has been sharing clips explaining various aspects of her condition. She was born with no pigment.

Ludlow's informative videos—the most recent shared earlier this month—on her eyes and hair have amassed a considerable audience on TikTok.

Her most popular video, which can be seen here, has racked up more than five million views, as she asked: "Want to see what a colorless eye looks like?"

She zooms in on her eye, flanked by white eyelashes, which appears red. Ludlow explained the reasoning for the color in the comments, saying: "Just so everyone knows, I'm albino and the red is light reflecting off the blood vessels... Most of the time they just look purple."

In a follow-up clip she went into more detail, saying: "In my last video I shone a very bright light into my eyes, and they appeared red. Now as you can see right now that is not how they always look, they usually have a violet or maybe pink, sometimes blue, tinge to them. So my eyes really are colorless, the color just depends on whatever way the light hits it.

"And the last video it was red because the light shone into the back of the eye and reflected off the blood vessels. And the reason I don't have any color in my hair, skin and eyes is because I have a condition called albinism."

Albinism is an inherited condition that affects the production of melanin, which gives hair, skin and eyes their color.

The NHS website explains: "People with albinism have a reduced amount of melanin, or no melanin at all. This can affect their coloring and their eyesight.
People with albinism often have white or very light blonde hair, although some have brown or ginger hair. The exact color depends on how much melanin their body produces.

"Very pale skin that burns easily in the sun and does not usually tan is also typical of albinism. The reduced amount of melanin can cause eye problems. This is because melanin is involved in the development of the retina, the thin layer of cells at the back of the eye."

People with albinism are more prone to have eye problems such as nystagmus, which Ludlow has.

The NHS went on to explain this is where "the eyes move involuntarily from side to side, causing reduced vision; you do not see the world as "wobbling" because your brain adapts to your eye movement."

After her video went viral, Ludlow filmed another follow-up clip going into more detail about her vision.

"So most people with albinism have a condition I have, called nystagmus. It's where your eyes move back and forth uncontrollably without you trying to move them. They move like that all the time and you can't stop it. And a lot of people ask if this affects my vision, and yes it does. So because of the lack of pigment and because of the nystagmus I am legally blind, I have poor depth perception and very sensitive to bright light.

"And a lot of people ask if I see the world as moving back and forth, and I don't think so. I think my brain is able to process that out. But again I do have poor depth perception. And unfortunately because they can't inject pigment into my eye my vision cannot be corrected by any surgery or lens," she said.


Part 2! I love getting these questions, and am always happy to answer!! 💕 #fyp #foryou #albino #eyes

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In further comments she claimed she can "see color just fine," but she "can't see small things or far away."

Her videos have had a positive reaction online, as people compared Ludlow to Disney princess Elsa, from Frozen, while raving about her unique coloring.

"I wish I had your hair and eyes, beautiful and so rare you're precious," Kirstie Allen wrote.

Emx said: "I would die for eyes like this."

Yamiyo commented: "Honestly I really, really love that eye color. I know it's reflecting blood vessels but it's so beautiful your eyes change from purple to red."

While Bird raved: "Woah I've never seen an albino person before! You're so gorgeous I'm jealous."

And Lioni Brown simply said: "You are Elsa!"

Newsweek reached out to Ludlow for comment.

File photo of girl with blue eyes.
File photo of girl with blue eyes.. A woman with albinism has been sharing videos on her condition, including revealing what a colorless eye looks like. Getty Images/Pridannikov