What is it?

What is it?

Eale’s disease is an idiopathic obliterative vasculopathy that usually involves the peripheral retina of young adults. In 1880, Henry Eales first described it in healthy young men with abnormal retinal veins and recurrent vitreal hemorrhages.

That’s about it that I can find on the internet about it. Sure there is a ton of information, but the medical professionals do not know what causes it. There are some studies that people have interpreted the disease to be linked to TB, but just as many medical professionals saying that it is not the case. So back to square one, for which I am grateful because I  do not want to have try and fit my shirt over an iron lung.

If you live in the US like me, and have been diagnosed with it, you are a strange bird indeed.  The chances of having the disease, from my research, is very very slim and with the odds we are dealing with we should all be playing the lottery.

Eales’ disease has been reported from the United kingdom, the United States, and Canada in the later half of 19th and early 20th century. But for unknown reasons, it is now rare in more developed countries and is more commonly reported from the Indian subcontinent. The reported incidence in India is one in 200 to 250 ophthalmic patients.- Puttamma ST. Varied fundus picture of central retinal vasculitis. Trans Asia Pacific Acad Ophthalmol. 3:520, 1970

I am hoping this page will save those who have been diagnosed with it some of the frustration I have experienced in trying to do research about it.  I would like for it to be a collaboration if at all possible. However, to this date I have not communicated with anyone else who has been diagnosed with it.

So you’ve been diagnosed… one good thing there are no fatalities related to it!!!

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3 Comments

  1. Mary Harrington said,

    December 2, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Thank you for letting me know I am not the only zebra in this herd of horses.

    • Shoaib said,

      April 18, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Yes my dear I have similar story and I have been diagnosed with eales disease.

  2. April 18, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Thanks. I also have this disease.


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