When Tara Taylor of Memphis, Tenn., posted a picture of her daughter, Rylee, 3, on Facebook, never did she expect what would happen next. In the photo, Rylee's left eye appears to have a glow, which many people would simply attribute to the camera's flash. However, comments from several concerned friends who suggested she may want to get her daughter's eyes checked led to a startling revelation. After being seen by a retina specialist, Rylee was diagnosed with Coats disease, a rare eye disorder that could lead to partial or total blindness if left untreated.
A grateful Taylor tells local news station WREG, "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.’”
And thank goodness she did, as Taylor says she had no idea her daughter was having any trouble seeing. “She didn’t sit close to the TV. She is actually in gymnastics and can walk on the balance beam."
According to WREG, retina specialist Dr. Jorge Calzada says, "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.' ... When a child recognizes that he cannot see or the parent recognizes he cannot see, it's often because they've lost vision in both eyes."
Thanks to the early detection, Rylee is now undergoing weekly eye treatments to help maintain vision in the affected eye.
Apparently Facebook really does always have its eye on you.