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  • 3 April 2014, 23:11

Facebook Pic Prompts Girl's Rare Eye Diagnosis

A three-year-old girl has been diagnosed with a rare eye condition after a picture posted on Facebook by her mother led to concerns from friends.

Rylee Taylor's left eye appeared to have an unusual glow, which normally would have been attributed to a reflection of the camera's flash.

But after her mother, Tara, posted the photo on Facebook, friends suggested having her daughter's eyes checked.

"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,'" Ms Taylor told WREG-TV.

To her surprise, doctors diagnosed Rylee with Coats disease, a rare condition of the retina which can lead to partial vision loss or total blindness.

Dr Jorge Calzada, a retina specialist from the Charles Retina Institute and Baptist Eye Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee, said it was fortunate Rylee's condition was discovered early.

He told WREG-TV: "The significant problem that we have with children is that a child doesn't go to mom and say, 'Mommy, I can't see out of my right eye'.

"It's usually caught in different ways when the parents least expect it.

"When a child recognises that he cannot see or the parent recognises he cannot see, it's often because they've lost vision in both eyes."

Ms Taylor told the station she had no indication that her daughter had any vision loss, noting that she participated in gymnastics and had no trouble navigating a balance beam.

Rylee now reportedly undergoes eye procedures every couple of months to help her maintain the vision in her eye.

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