Rare diseases of the eye // Drug Repurposing

Rare diseases of the eye

Tara Taylor posted this photo of her daughter Rylee online. It looks as though her left eye is glowing.WREG Tara Taylor posted this photo of her daughter Rylee online. It looks as though her left eye is glowing.WREG Concerned friends recommended the mom take the girl to the doctor. It turns out the girl has Coats’ disease.WREG Rylee is being treated for the disease, with one doctor saying it was fortunate that she was being treated early for the disease.

A Tennessee toddler was diagnosed with a rare eye condition after her mom posted a picture of her on Facebook.

Rylee Taylor, 3, was found to have the potentially blinding Coats' disease after two friends of her mother Tara spotted her left eye was glowing in the snap.

Concerned friends recommended the mom take the girl to the doctor. It turns out the girl has Coats’ disease. They urged their pal to get her child's eyes checked out and specialists discovered that the blood vessels behind the girl's retina were abnormally developed.

Rylee was taken to a pediatrician and then a retina specialist at Baptist Eye Clinic in Memphis. She was then diagnosed with Coats' disease and is now being treated for the condition.

The clinic's Dr. Jorge Calzada said the earlier children can be treated, the better.

"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, " he said.

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by eatfruit

A 2002 study found the prevalence of blue eye color among Caucasians in the United States to be 33.8 percent for those born from 1936 through 1951 compared with 57.4 percent for those born from 1899 through 1905.[10] Blue eyes have become increasingly rare among American children with only 1 out of every 6 – 16.6 percent which is 49.8 million out of 300 million (22.4% of white Americans) of the total United States population having blue eyes.[33][34] The plunge in the past few decades has taken place at a remarkable rate. A century ago, 80 percent of people married within their ethnic group. Blue eyes, a genetically recessive trait, were routinely passed down, especially among people of Scottish, English, Irish, Welsh, Western and Northern Slavic, and Northern European ancestry

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by newlykinked

An Optometrist is a doctor only of the eyes. He can write prescriptions for eye meds, glasses and contacts. In fact it's very rare for an Ophthalmologist to do anything with contact lenses, it's almost exclusively the pervue of an Optometrist.
They can also diagnose and refer more serious diseases of the eye. They are like your GP.
An Ophthalmologist is first a medical doctor, then specializes in the eye (often sub-specializing in a particular part of the eye such as the retina)
An Ophthalmologist does surgery, whereas an Optometrist does not

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