Stargardt disease : an orphan disease
Stargardt disease is a hereditary orphan disease which affects the macula, the central retina area.
Reported for the first time by Karl Bruno Stargardt in 1909, Stargardt disease is a progressive deterioration of the macula, named macular dystrophy or maculopathy which, in most cases, appears before the age of 20. It then results in a degenerative loss of acuity and central vision in both eyes. Detail perception and recognition of red-green colours are impaired.
The peripheral retina remains functional all life-long (except in rare cases); the field of vision is preserved which enables patients to remain independent.
No treatments exist for now.