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How does Stargardt's disease affect vision?

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You'll have trouble reading and gray or black spots in your central vision. Loss of sight comes on slowly, then affects both eyes. Once vision reaches 20/40, the disease moves faster, until your vision reaches 20/200 (legal blindness). Some people lose vision quickly over a few months. Most people will have vision loss ranging from 20/100 to 20/400 by the time they’re 30 or 40.

It doesn't affect peripheral (side) vision. You probably won't lose night vision, but you might have trouble when you have to switch from dark to light places. The ability to see color goes away in later stages of the disease.

SOURCES:

MD Support: "Types of Juvenile Macular Degeneration."

Macular Degeneration Foundation: "Juvenile Macular Degeneration."

Macular Degeneration International: "Juvenile Macular Degeneration."

Foundation Fighting Blindness: "What is Stargardt Disease?"

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: "Understanding Stargardt Disease."

American Macular Degeneration Foundation: "Stargardt Disease."

Orphanet Encyclopedia: "Best Disease."

Royal National Institute for Blind People: "Best's Disease."

Foundation Fighting Blindness: "Best Disease."

Genetics Home Reference: X-Linked Juvenile Retinoschisis

NCBI BookShelf: "X-Linked Juvenile Retinoschisis."

Foundation Fighting Blindness: "What Is Juvenile Retinoschisis."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on August 31, 2020

SOURCES:

MD Support: "Types of Juvenile Macular Degeneration."

Macular Degeneration Foundation: "Juvenile Macular Degeneration."

Macular Degeneration International: "Juvenile Macular Degeneration."

Foundation Fighting Blindness: "What is Stargardt Disease?"

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: "Understanding Stargardt Disease."

American Macular Degeneration Foundation: "Stargardt Disease."

Orphanet Encyclopedia: "Best Disease."

Royal National Institute for Blind People: "Best's Disease."

Foundation Fighting Blindness: "Best Disease."

Genetics Home Reference: X-Linked Juvenile Retinoschisis

NCBI BookShelf: "X-Linked Juvenile Retinoschisis."

Foundation Fighting Blindness: "What Is Juvenile Retinoschisis."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on August 31, 2020

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