Stargardt Disease Treatment
Unfortunately, there is no available treatment for Stargardt disease. But there are several gene therapy and drug therapy trials going on. With genetic testing, you will know your faulty gene, and can look for and decide to take part in a current trial.
Wearing sunglasses may help with the bright light sensitivity of Stargardt disease. Wearing sunglasses can also prevent further retina damage from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
People with Stargardt disease should not smoke cigarettes or be around cigarette smoke. Also, some studies suggest that taking a lot of vitamin A could may make the disease worse. While the vitamin A in foods is fine, avoid taking large doses of it as a supplement.
There are genetic treatments already for similar diseases. Doctors are hopeful that Stargardt disease can be treated soon as well. There are helpful resources for people adjusting to vision loss. These can include special devices, useful tips for daily living and training to help you get around. Ask your ophthalmologist to help you find low vision resources.
If you have any questions, be sure to ask. Your ophthalmologist is committed to protecting your sight.