Stargardt disease is an eye disease that causes vision loss in children and young adults. It is an inherited disease, meaning it is passed on to children from their parents. For people with Stargardt disease. central, or detailed, vision becomes blurry or has dark areas. It may also be difficult to see colors well.
Stargardt disease is a form of macular degeneration, and is often called juvenile macular degeneration, Stargardt macular dystrophy or fundus flavimaculatus. The disease causes progressive damage or degeneration of the macula, which is a small area in the center of the retina that is responsible for sharp, straight-ahead vision. Stargardt disease is one of several genetic disorders that cause macular degeneration. Experts estimate that 1 in 8-10 thousand people have Stargardt disease.