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Stargardt's Disease, a disease of the eye, is a form of macular dystrophy that begins early in life. Dr. Stargardt first described this condition in 1909 giving it its name. It is one of the most common forms of a juvenile macular degeneration. The macula is the central part of the retina which is the most sensitive area and accounts for most of our visual acuity. Stargardt's disease may occur in one of every 20,000 children over the age of 6 and is usually diagnosed before the age of 20. Boys and girls are equally affected by this condition. Over 25,000 Americans have Stargardt's disease. The number of Australians with the condition has not yet been determined.


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