Coat’s Disease is an abnormal development of blood vessels in the retina. Proper diagnosis can only be determined with an eye exam, but there are certain signs that can help you spot the condition early on. One of these signs present themselves as “red eyes” in photographs.
This rare disorder manifests more frequently in young males, 8 years old and uner. Ultimately, Coat’s Disease can lead to the disconnection of the retina from the other parts of the eye and, in worse cases, complete loss of vision. This is why early detection is extremely important. Let our eye specialists at Eye and Vision Care discuss this condition, its treatment and the signs you need to watch out for.
Early Signs of Coat’s Disease
Aside from seeing a white, red or golden glow in the eyes under flash photography, there are other early signs of Coat’s Disease you can see under different light settings. Other symptoms can include poor eye muscle control resulting in crossed eyes, and a slow and gradual loss of vision. Vision loss can also be from glaucoma or cataracts, both of which can be prevented with the use of UV-blocking contacts.
Treating Coat’s Disease
The good news is that Coat’s Disease is very manageable with simple solutions such as orthokeratology. However, it must always be taken seriously. Prognosis can differ from one patient to another, as well as the stage of diagnosis and response to treatment procedures applied. Parents should immediately consult with a trusted pediatric ophthalmologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Treatment options for this eye condition includes laser surgery and cryotherapy among others. While a cure for Coat’s Disease has yet to be found, certain procedures, when done early, can prevent some of its serious effects like loss of vision.
If you suspect that you or a loved one is at risk for Coat’s Disease, see our doctors at Eye and Vision Care right away. Give us a call at (703) 961-9119 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation with one of our eye care specialists. We serve patients in Fairfax, as well as other surrounding areas in VA.