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Facebook photo helps to save Tennessee girl's life

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UNDATED (NBC) - Parents love posting pictures of their kids on Facebook, but one mother in Tennessee is truly thankful she did after it saved her daughter’s life.

Rylee Taylor’s mother captured a photo of the young girl and put it up on Facebook. Stacy Carter, a friend, noticed something was off.

“I knew from a friend that a glow in an eye from a picture could mean there's something wrong with the eye. I texted her and told her, it could be nothing, it could just be the flash but there could be something wrong with Rylee’s eye,” Carter said.

Rylee’s parents took more pictures and discovered the glare in other photos. They took their daughter to an ophthalmologist where she was diagnosed with Coats’ Disease, which can cause blindness.

The glow in the photograph was a reflection of a white scar in her retina and cholesterol deposits in her eye.  

The disease affects one in 100,000 patients. Normal blood vessels are dilated in the retina and these blood vessels leak fluid. The fluid accumulates in the back of the eye on the retina, causing vision loss.

It’s unlikely Rylee will recover full central vision in her left eye, but thanks to laser treatments and injections some of her peripheral vision has been restored.

The Taylors are fortunate they caught the disease fairly early because it could have been something worse. Sometimes that yellow glow can indicate something more serious like cancer.

“With our friends looking at her pictures and being involved in our lives, it's made a huge impact. It's changed our lives, actually,” said Rylee’s father Jason Taylor.

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