What is Stargardt’s disease?
Stargardt’s disease is a rare form of macular degeneration that is not caused by aging or lifestyle factors. It is a genetic condition that a person is born with. Similar to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), symptoms of Stargardt’s disease include problems with central vision. However, these symptoms start much earlier in life, usually before a person is 20 years old.
There is currently no known cure for Stargardt’s disease, but scientists are working to develop treatments. If you have Stargardt’s disease, your eye doctor might recommend wearing special sunglasses to reduce your exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. This can help prevent further damage to your eyes.