Local mom brings awareness to rare eye condition

Local mom brings awareness to rare eye condition

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - 2-year-old Ryder Stiner is doing what most young toddlers do.

He's learning how to count, his ABC's, and colors. But young Ryder has to look extra close when he's learning, due to his extremely rare eye condition.

"His eyes have an uncontrollable jerk, back and forth," said Ryder's mom Lindsey Stiner. "If he's sick, tired or certain medication, it will actually speed up and that's when he really struggles."

It's called Nystagmus. It's a condition of involuntary eye movement. There are times when he can't see a clear door or even stairs.

Ryder was just two months old when doctors diagnosed him. Stiner says since the diagnoses, there has been little research done on the condition and there are not many resources available for Ryder in the Panhandle.

"There's no contacts, surgery, or glasses that will help improve his vision," said Stiner. "What he has, is what he's got."

The struggle to find answers can take a toll on the family, as all they want is a clear picture of the future.

"I can't wait for that day when my son can really look at me and see the details of my face," said Stiner.

The family keeps pushing, not only to help Ryder but to raise awareness about this rare condition. Years of online searching is taking this family to California to meet a specialist who can help improve Ryder's vision.

"All you want from the day you hear your son is diagnosed is to find a cure, something to help them," said Stiner. "Any parent wants the best for their child."

The family is raising money for their trip to California. If you would like to help, click here. 

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