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Stargardt Disease
Signs and Symptoms

In the early stages of Stargardt disease, vision may be near normal, which can delay diagnosis. As the condition progresses, it causes loss of central vision, which is needed for detailed tasks such as reading, writing, driving and seeing other fine details clearly.

Other symptoms include:

  • Difficulty perceiving color
  • Blind spots in the field of vision
  • Difficulty adapting to dim or dark spaces such as a darkened room or outside at dusk, or after being exposed to bright lights

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.