A random picture one mother posted of her daughter on Facebook led to the discovery that the girl had a rare eye condition.
Tara Taylor of Memphis, Tennessee, didn’t think anything of posting a recent picture of her three-year-old daughter Rylee on Facebook one day, but once the picture was up, she noticed some comments from friends concerned that one of Rylee’s eyes was glowing in the photo.
“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.
Taylor wasted no time and took Rylee to a retina specialist. Soon after being examined, the three-year-old girl was diagnosed with Coat’s disease, a rare disorder that causes loss of vision or complete blindness in one eye.
“The significant problem we have with children is that a child won’t say, ‘Mommy, I can’t see out of my right eye.’ It is usually caught in an expected way,” said Dr. Jorge Calzada, a retina specialist at Baptist Eye Clinic. “When a child recognizes he cannot see or the parent recognizes they cannot see, it’s often because they’ve lost vision in both eyes.”
Dr. Calzada says that in cases like Rylee, early detection is key to successful treatment. Taylor says that even though there were no signs that her daughter was losing her vision in the left eye, she is grateful that one Facebook picture led to the diagnosis.