3-Year-Old Diagnosed With Rare Disorder Based on Facebook Photo

girl coat's diseaseWhen we post pictures of our kids on Facebook we tend to get a bunch of likes and some comments on how adorable our kids look. But when Tara Taylor posted this cute photo of her 3-year-old daughter Rylee she got much more than that. She got a diagnosis from two friends who advised her to have Rylee's eyes checked out because they were concerned about the glow in her left eye.

Thankfully Tara took the advice because when she saw a doctor, Rylee was diagnosed with a rare disorder that could have made her blind.


Too often we shrug off the advice of friends. Some people do. But when it comes to something like this it's always better to check it out. My friend Jen was concerned about my own daughter's eyesight when she saw something amiss with her eye and suggested I take her to see a specialist. Her daughter had a condition that was easily corrected by wearing glasses for a short amount of time ... if detected early. I took my daughter in but everything was fine. Still, I'm glad I went to make sure.

In this case, it's believed the advice of friends and Tara following that advice, helped her daughter keep her full eyesight. The condition Rylee was diagnosed with is rare -- it's called Coats' disease. It's an abnormal development of blood vessels behind the retina and if not treated can cause vision loss or blindness. Rylee had never complained of vision issues, so it was going undetected. Doctors say that children often don't share any slight vision issues with their parents until the condition gets so bad that it's beyond repair. Thankfully this story has a happier ending.

Some of us refuse to share photos of our kids online -- not even on Facebook. And I understand why. But in this case, it's a good thing the mother did.

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