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3-year old Amarillo boy with genetic eye disorder looks for help from community


Lindsey Stiner said the surgery to fix Ryders Nystagmus will cost about $38,000. (Colby Smalzel, ABC7 Amarillo)
Lindsey Stiner said the surgery to fix Ryders Nystagmus will cost about $38,000. (Colby Smalzel, ABC7 Amarillo)
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Ryder Stiner is a 3-year-old with the genetic disorder called Ocular Albinism with Nystagmus which causes his eyes to shake and makes it hard for him to see.

A video of Ryder getting his new glasses went viral last week and people around the world donated to help with medical expenses to fix Ryder's Nystagmus.

Ryder was diagnosed with the disorder when he was only two months old.

“I’ll never forget that day," said Lindsey Stiner, Ryder's mom. "His eyes were rolling around and I kind of noticed he wasn’t tracking. So I took him to the doctor and he just said ‘look, this is what your son has. At best he’s going to be legally blind, there’s nothing they can do and I’ll see you in six months’ and he walked out. I just fell to the floor. I was devastated. As a parent, you think of this child you’re going to have the dreams, the aspirations. You never once think that your child is going to be born with a genetic disorder and you kind of go through a grieving process and I sure did. I was thinking about what’s his future going to be like. Is he going to crawl? Is he going to walk and those were big hurdles he had to overcome?”

Now, a doctor in California said he can completely fix the nystagmus.

However, it will cost the family $38,000, according to Lindsey.

“I want him to be able to go to school and get an education and not be held back by vision issues," said Lindsey. "I want my son to be independent and drive, to grow up and have a career have a family and having this surgery is going to open up huge doors for him.”

Lindsey said they hope to have the surgery this summer but need to pay the full amount before anything can happen.

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For those who would like to contribute, donations can be made through the GoFundMe account or at Amarillo National Bank under the name Ryder Stiner.

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