Creed, age 3, was diagnosed with Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) on Sept. 8, 2011 at Bascom Palmer Hospital in Miami.
LCA is a rare, hereditary disorder that
leads to retinal dysfunction and visual impairment at an early age —
often from birth. Of all the retinal degenerations, LCA has the earliest
age of onset and can be the most severe. LCA bears the name of Dr.
Theodore Leber (1840-1917), a German ophthalmologist, who first
described the condition in 1869.
Congenital means "a condition existing since birth, usually
hereditary," and Amaurosis refers to any condition of blindness or
marked loss of vision, especially loss of vision in which there is
little or no change in the appearance of the eye itself. This is why LCA
eyes usually look normal upon initial examination, however, eye
function is usually poor and eyesight is rarely better than 20/400.
The birth prevalence of LCA is two to
three per 100,000 births. The condition is the most common cause of
inherited blindness in childhood and constitutes more than 5 percent of
all retinal dystrophies. LCA accounts for the cause of blindness in more
than 20% of children attending schools for the blind.
To read an article about Creed in the Orlando Sentinel, click HERE