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Facebook Saves Toddler From Rare Eye Disease

The risk of posting pictures of your kids online is the potential for busybodies to voice a well meaning, but sometimes misguided, concern. But for  3-year-old Memphis, Tenn. toddler, Rylee, those busybodies may have saved the tots eyesight.

Friends of a proud mom who posted her daughters photo on Facebook urged her to get her daughters eyes checked due to a bright yellow spot on the child's eye which showed up in the picture. The concerns eventually lead to Rylee being diagnosed with a serious and chronic eye disease.

The discovery happened after friends Tara Taylor, Rylees mother, noticed a large bright light in Rylees left eye which was made prominent by the camera flash. The flash inconsistency would likely go unnoticed by most people but for two of Taras friends, it caused concern.

Just to be safe, Taylor decided to take her daughter to her pediatrician who referred Rylee to a specialist. Rylee was later diagnosed with Coats disease which can cause partial or complete vision loss. In later stages, there is little that can be done to save the eye.

Taylor said that there were no indications that little Rylee was having trouble seeing.

Taylor explained, She didnt sit close to the TV. She is actually in gymnastics and can walk on the balance beam.

According to Dr. Jorge Calzada with the Charles Retina Institute, this is why its difficult to determine if toddlers or babies are having trouble seeing.

Rylee is currently being treated at a state of the art eye center in Tennessee. Lucky for Rylee, Coats disease can be treated if caught early enough.


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