Coats Disease

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Definition

Coats disease is an uncommon eye condition that causes partial or full blindness. It is distinguished by an abnormal growth of blood vessels at the back of the retina, causing retinal detachment.

Diagnosis

The basis for diagnosis of the disease is its symptoms, particularly appearance of the retinal. Thorough eye check-up confirms diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments can be successful in stopping advancement, and even improve the vision in a number of cases. Cryotherapy and laser surgery may be employed to destroy abnormal blood vessels, which halts the disease's progression. Eye removal becomes an option if more complications arise.

Symptoms and Signs

Signs of the condition start as blurry vision, typically evident when the other eye is closed. Frequently, the eye that's not affected compensates for vision loss of the other; however, the result is some loss of parallax and depth perception. Sight deterioration can start in either peripheral or central vision. Other symptoms include floaters and photopsia, as well as sensitivity to light, and white patch on pupil. Pain can also develop resulting from retinal detachment or if fluid isn't able to correctly drain from eye.

Causes

The cause of coats disease is not identified at present. However, it is described as a sign of facioscapulohumeral dystrophy.

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