Facebook photo leads to diagnosis of little girl’s rare eye condition

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A Tennessee woman’s Facebook post of a photo of her three-year-old daughter helped her discover the little girl has a rare eye condition.

Tara Taylor was proud of her daughter, Rylee, because the little girl had fixed her own hair. When she posted Rylee’s photo online, two of her friends took notice according to our sister station WREG.

“They said ‘Hey, I’m sure it’s nothing. It’s probably the lighting, but your daughter’s eye is glowing and you might want to have it checked out because it’s a sign there could be an issue with her eye,'” said Taylor.

After her pediatrician sent them to a specialist, Rylee was diagnosed with Coat’s disease, a rare condition that causes vision loss or blindness in one eye.

Taylor says Rylee didn’t give any indication that she was having trouble seeing. She says she’s grateful to the friends who pointed out the possible problem.


  • Denise C

    My son is 16 and has Coats in his left eye. Diagnosed at 2 with a roll of photos I took to his 2 year check up. Exact same type of picture. Physician’s mouth dropped open and he freaked me out. The good news is it was not retina blastoma. The other good news is that it only affects 1 eye. The bad need is they were not able to save his vision in that eye. : (

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