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Stargardt disease (SDGD) is a juvenile form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) that affects about 25,000 individuals in the United States alone. People who live with Stargardt disease experience unique challenges with daily life. Here are listed top frustrations and experiences people share about living with the disease.

Stargardt disease is caused by mutations in the ABCA4 gene or the ELOVL4 gene. Clinical diagnosis of Stargardt disease is based on ophthalmological examination, electroretinography, visual field testing, fluorescein angiography, and color testing. Genetic testing is useful for confirming diagnosis, and for differential diagnosis, and for risk assessment.

Late onset Stargardt disease is an age-related macular degeneration (AMD) associated with missense mutation outside functional domains ABCA4. Symptoms of atrophy may initially occur in the parafoveal retina and radially expand in size over time.