What Is Stargardt Disease?

Stargardt disease is an eye disease that causes vision loss children and young adults. It is an inherited disease, meaning it is passed on to children from their parents.

Stargardt disease is a form of macular degeneration, and is often called juvenile macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is when part of the retina that gives you central vision, called the macula, breaks down. In people with Stargardt disease, special light-sensing cells in the macula, called photoreceptors, die off. Central, or detailed, vision becomes blurry or has dark areas. It may also be difficult to see colors well.