What is Stargardts?
Stargardt’s Disease is an inherited eye disorder that causes loss of central vision at a young age. It affects the macula, the area of the eye responsible for central vision and seeing colour and fine details. The symptoms are very similar to Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
Stargardt’s is usually a recessive inherited condition, requiring that the person affected receives a gene from each parent to cause the disease. However, there have been a number of cases identified as dominant inheritance, requiring only one gene from either parent. The gene that causes Stargardt’s has been identified, bringing hope that a treatment will eventually be found.
Stargardt’s Disease causes progressive vision loss and, in some cases, near blindness. The progression normally starts between the ages of six and twelve years old.
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What are the symptoms of Stargardt's Disease
Symptoms of Stargardt’s Disease include:
- sensitivity to glare or bright lights
- wavy vision
- blind spots
- impaired colour vision
- difficulty adapting to dim lighting
- gradual loss of the ability to distinguish faces
What to expect from Stargardt's Disease
Reduced ability to see clearly caused by Stargardt’s cannot be corrected with prescription glasses or lenses. Most people with Stargardt’s will experience considerable loss of sight over a number of years. In some cases, peripheral vision (side vision) and night vision remain intact.
More information about Stargardt's Disease
There is extensive information available about Stargardt’s. The information included is intended to inform you about the basics of this eye condition, and is not intended as a replacement for information from your physician or eye specialist. Information regarding assistive devices that can help you if you have been diagnosed with Stargardt’s is included. Our recommendations can be found under Tools and Resources.