Stargardt disease is an inherited condition that causes central vision loss.
It impacts males and females in equal numbers, with approximately one in 10,000 people inheriting the disease. It is easiest to think of it as a juvenile form of macular degeneration and is one of several diseases that cause blindness. Usually diagnosed in childhood, specifically between the ages of six and twelve, it can also become apparent for the first time in young adults. When diagnosed in middle age, it can be hard to determine if it is a late appearance of Stargardt, or an early appearance of age-related macular degeneration.
Vitamin A consumption is ordinarily helpful for the health of the eye. The human body does not produce vitamin A, and even people with Stargardt need adequate vitamin A. But people with Stargardt disease can experience a toxic build-up of Vitamin A in the retina if they take too much, or use the wrong type of vitamin A. This can cause progressive damage.
Stargardt Disease Treatment
While there is no definitive cure for Stargardt eye disease, there are some effective means of treatment, which include:
Wearing sunglasses or eyeglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays when in bright sun is thought to help, as it reduces the likelihood of additional damage from the build-up of lipofuscin.
Ozone treatments and other oxidative therapies can help heal diseased or damaged tissue.
Syntonic Light Therapy applies specific light frequencies through the eyes. These light frequencies stimulate the functioning of the retina and aid in detoxification.
Microcurrent Stimulation is a painless procedure that has proven more effective in young people than those who are older.
Consuming sufficient vitamins and nutrients may also be an effective Stargardt disease treatment for some patients. A prescribed regimen of heart-healthy oils and Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to offer benefits to people diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration.
If you’ve been diagnosed with Stargardt disease or any other disease causing blindness, be sure to request our report, “The TRUTH Your Eye Doctor Isn’t Telling You.” We’ve provided a wealth of information about ways to tackle this challenge to your vision.