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Coats' disease is a rare eye disorder involving abnormal development of the blood vessels of the retina, which lines the interior chamber of the eye. As various components of blood leak into the retina, fluid accumulates under the retina. The result may be loss of vision, particularly central vision, and detachment of the retina from other layers of the eye. The cause is unknown, but some research indicates genetic mutations are involved.

The disease typically affects individuals between the ages of 18 months and 18 years. About 69 percent of cases involve males. Anywhere from 80 percent to 95 percent of cases involve only one eye. If caught early, some level of vision can be restored. Recommended treatment depends on the state of the disease, and may involve laser surgery or cryosurgery. Also called retinal telangiectasis.

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