Stargardt Disease Symptoms

Stargardt Disease Symptoms

Stargardt disease is first noticed in childhood or in teenagers. It initially presents as an inability to see fine details or difficulty seeing in the distance. The loss of vision in both eyes can be slow and variable. Spots that are black, hazy or wispy may appear in the central vision of people affected. When changing from bright to dark environments, people may notice that it takes longer for their eyes to adjust to the change. Also, when moving from dark to bright environments, their eyes may be more sensitive to the bright light. 

Visual acuity is affected in Stargardt disease, with vision deteriorating to 20/200 or worse. Visual acuity means the sharpness of vision. Normal vision is 20/20. A visual acuity measurement of 20/200 indicates that a person with 20/200 vision who is 20 feet from an eye chart sees what a person with unimpaired vision can see from 200 feet away.