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Stargardt Disease

Stargardt disease is the most common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration, occurring in one in every 8,000 to 10,000 people worldwide. It causes gradual loss of central vision. It usually develops during childhood or adolescence, resulting in a loss of the central part of the visual field.

normal vision VS StargardtWhat is Stargardt disease? Stargardt disease is an inherited form of macular degeneration that first appears in childhood or adolescence. It is characterized by progressive vision loss beginning in the macula, the central part of the retina where light falls and visual acuity and color vision are greatest. Symptoms include blurred or wavy vision, blind spots, impaired color vision, and difficulty seeing in low light situations. People with Stargardt disease are usually sensitive to glare.

What can be done if Stargardt disease is diagnosed? There is no cure for Stargardt disease, and there are no treatments.

What devices can help? Since the symptoms are underlying physiology of Stargardt disease are similar to those for other types of macular degeneration, people can usually benefit from the same devices as used for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). These help people retain independence in their homes, school, and jobs. Products include electronic magnifiers and devices that turn text into speech to read aloud mail, bills, books, and other printed materials. Freedom Scientific’s line of video magnifiers and screen magnification software can help.