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Stargardt Disease

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Last Updated: 01 May 2022

Stargardt disease is unusual hereditary eye disease that happens when fatty material accumulates on the macula, the small part of the retina required for sharp, central vision. Vision loss usually begins in youth, but some people with Stargardt disease don't start to lose their vision until they're adults. There's no therapy for Stargardt disease, yet vision recovery can aid people take advantage of their staying vision. The most common symptom of Stargardt disease is a sluggish loss of central vision in both eyes. Some people lose their central vision quicker than others. Some people with Stargardt disease might additionally lose their side vision. Stargardt disease is usually triggered by changes in a gene called ABCA4. An ophthalmologist can examine for Stargardt disease as part of a dilated eye examination. The test is easy and pain-free, your medical professional will provide you some eye drops to expand your students and after that look for signs of Stargardt disease, like yellowish streaks on your macula.

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