Stargardt’s Disease (sometimes referred to as fundus flavimaculatus) is the most common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration. It is characterized by a progressive reduction of central vision with a preservation of peripheral or side vision. This loss of vision is caused by the death of photoreceptor cells in the central portion of the retina called the macula. The retina is the delicate light-sensing tissue lining the back inside wall of the eye. Photoreceptor cells in the retina provide vision by conveying information from the visual field to the brain. The macula is responsible for sharp central vision — for tasks like reading, watching television, and looking at faces. (FoundationFightingBlindness.org)
Stargardt’s Disease, which was first reported in the early 1900’s by German ophthalmologist, Karl Stargardt, affects over 25,000 (30,000-50,000) Americans (http://www.macular.org/stargardts.html) and occurs in approximately one in 10,000 people. Males and females are equally at risk for inheriting the disease. (http://www.kellogg.umich.edu/patientcare/conditions/Understand-Stargardt.pdf)
In these pages, please find information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments available for Stargardt’s Disease.