Woman's Facebook friends come to aid of daughter's vision - WNEM TV 5

Woman's sharp-eyed Facebook friends come to aid of daughter's vision

Tara Taylor's photo of her 3-year-old daughter, Rylee, received something much different -- and much more valuable: some well-founded concern from her friends. Tara Taylor's photo of her 3-year-old daughter, Rylee, received something much different -- and much more valuable: some well-founded concern from her friends.

Posted: 2014-04-02 13:33:08
Updated: 2014-04-02 14:57:06

By Jonathan Anker. HLN

(CNN) - Parents posting all those photos of their children on Facebook can usually count on receiving a steady stream of "Likes" and comments along the lines of, "Awww!" or "OMG she's gotten so big!"

However, Tara Taylor's photo of her 3-year-old daughter, Rylee, received something much different -- and much more valuable: some well-founded concern from her friends.

In the picture, which Taylor posted because Rylee had done her own hair, the 3-year-old's left eye has a white circle in the middle, not unlike the reflection you sometimes see from using the flash. But two of Taylor's friends saw something else.

"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,'" Taylor told HLN Memphis affiliate WREG.

Turns out her friends were right.

Taylor took her daughter to a retina specialist, who diagnosed the little girl with Coats' disease. The rare condition causes full or partial vision loss, typically in one eye, and early detection is key to treating it.

Taylor can credit her Facebook post for that.

"If caught early, some level of vision can typically be restored. If not treated until its later stages, complete loss of vision can occur," according to the Coats' Disease Foundation.

The group says fewer than 200,000 people have the disorder, which often is diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 8. There is no cure, but the foundation's website, addressing parents, says, "With your support, as well as that of doctors, therapists and teachers, your child should be able to do everything a fully sighted child can do."

WREG reported that Rylee now has procedures done every few months on her left eye to help maintain the vision she still has.

Article on CNN.com

'CNN' © 2013 Cable News Network.Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Body found outside Great Lakes Bay Health Center

    Body found outside Great Lakes Bay Health Center

    Saturday, May 27 2017 5:04 PM EDT2017-05-27 21:04:05 GMT

    The body of a man has been found in Saginaw Saturday afternoon. 

    More >

    The body of a man has been found in Saginaw Saturday afternoon. 

    More >
  • Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor announce separation

    Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor announce separation

    Saturday, May 27 2017 4:55 PM EDT2017-05-27 20:55:41 GMT
    Ben Stiller and his wife of 17 years say they are separating.    Stiller and actress Christine Taylor released a joint statement Friday announcing their breakup. The pair has been a couple for 18 years and married in May 2000. They have two children together.    The actors wrote that their priority is raising their two children and requested privacy.    Taylor has appeared in several of Stiller's films, including "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,&qu...More >
    Ben Stiller and his wife of 17 years say they are separating.    Stiller and actress Christine Taylor released a joint statement Friday announcing their breakup. The pair has been a couple for 18 years and married in May 2000. They have two children together.    The actors wrote that their priority is raising their two children and requested privacy.    Taylor has appeared in several of Stiller's films, including "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,&qu...More >
  • Woman critically injured in home invasion

    Woman critically injured in home invasion

    Friday, May 26 2017 11:52 PM EDT2017-05-27 03:52:30 GMT

    Michigan State Police officers responded Friday evening to a home invasion with serious injuries.

    More >

    Michigan State Police officers responded Friday evening to a home invasion with serious injuries.

    More >
Powered by Frankly
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.