My name is Andrew and I was diagnosed with Coats’ Disease when I was four-years-old. Growing up, I never particularly liked how it made me visibly different and set me aside from other kids, but I’ve tried my hardest to never let it get in the way of the things I wanted to accomplish. It […]


I was diagnosed with Coat’s Disease when I was 14 years old, very traumatic at that age, but as time passed, I became more accustomed with the situation. I learned to drive at 17 and 6 months later passed the driving test and was retained in employment with a local bakery as a driver/salesman. No […]


This is Javon. This picture was taken at his 6th grade promotion. People were telling me that it was the way he was looking at the camera but I was not comfortable with that. So, I took him to his Doctor and then was referred to the specialist. His vision in his left eye when […]


On May 6, 2015 we welcomed beautiful twin boys into the world – Jacob and Elijah. About 6 months later, we started to notice Jacob’s right eye was drifting. Thinking it was a lazy eye that just needed to be patched, I made an appointment with the ophthalmologist. On December 7, 2015 at what I […]


Braeden’s Story: My son Braeden failed his eye screening in kindergarten. We took him to get his eyes rechecked and was told he just needed glasses. Then, in first grade, he failed his screening again. This time I took him to a different eye doctor. She noticed that he was colorblind in one eye. I […]


Caleb’s Story: My son lost his left eye on March 8, 2018 after being diagnosed with Coats’ Disease on January 12, 2018. Below is his video we made for local news channels of Caleb’s story when they learned he was the first boy in Florida to lose his eye to a disease that is too […]


Trystn’s Story: Last year during a school physical, I got a letter in the mail that Trystn failed his eye test in one eye, mainly stating that it was a little lazy. We didn’t have health insurance at the time, and I did see it as a big deal. Well, I was on Facebook and […]


Andreas’ Story: About 6 years ago, I had taken my son, Andreas (age 4 at the time), to the eye doctor because I thought he had poor vision. Around that time, he was just beginning to read, and I noticed he would get close as he was attempting to read, so I thought he would […]


Jack’s Story: For a couple months, Mike and I had been noticing that Jack’s right eye was lazy at times. When I took Jack and one of his sisters to the pediatrician for a physical at the beginning of June 2015, the pediatrician didn’t see anything wrong with Jack’s eye. But he asked me to […]


Eva’s Story: In May 2017, my son (age 7) was due for a checkup at the optician. While there, I asked the optician if it would be worth getting my daughter Eva’s (age 3) eyes tested. I thought if she needed glasses and figured it would be better if she had them early on. The […]