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    Stargardt disease fact sheet

    Stargardt disease is caused by more than 1,000 different types of mutations in a single gene.

    Stargardt disease, also called Stargardt dystrophy or fundus flavimaculatus, is a genetic eye disease. It is the most common childhood macular condition.

    Stargardt disease affects about one in 10,000 people.

    It usually first appears between the ages of 10 to 20, although you may not experience visual problems until the age of 30 to 40.

    Stargardt disease causes parts of the macula (the central part of the retina) to stop working. It impacts detailed central vision and colour perception. In more severe cases, the disease may also affect side (peripheral) vision and night vision. 

    This free fact sheet, available for download, discusses the causes of Stargardt disease, diagnosis and treatment. The fact sheet also outlines lifestyle changes that may help support the health of your macula.