Also known as Stargardt macular dystrophy or juvenile macular degeneration, is an inherited eye disorder that primarily affects the macula, a small area near the center of the retina in the eye. The macula is responsible for sharp central vision, which is essential for tasks like reading, driving, and recognizing faces.
CAUSES STARGARDT DISEASE :
Genetics: Stargardt disease is typically inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, meaning that two copies of the mutated gene, one from each parent, are necessary for the disease to manifest in an individual. Mutations in the ABCA4 gene are the most common genetic cause of Stargardt disease.
SIGN AND SYMPTOMS OF STARGRADT DISEASE:
- Gradual loss of central vision
- Difficulty with reading and recognizing faces
- Blurry or distorted vision
- Inability to see in dim light or darkness
- Peripheral (side) vision is typically preserved.
- Retinal Changes
Diagnosis: A comprehensive eye examination by an ophthalmologist, including visual acuity testing, fundus autofluorescence imaging, and genetic testing, can help diagnose Stargardt disease.
FEW HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE FOR STARGRADT DISEASE:
- Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright): Euphrasia is commonly used in homeopathy for eye conditions with symptoms like watery, irritated, red, or itchy eyes. It is often recommended for conditions like conjunctivitis (pink eye) and allergies that affect the eyes.
- Ruta Graveolens: This remedy is often considered for eye strain, especially when caused by reading or close-up work. It may be suggested for symptoms like tired, achy eyes, or eye pain associated with eye movement.
- Apis Mellifica: Apis may be considered for conditions involving swollen, puffy eyelids and stinging, burning pain in the eyes. It is sometimes used for allergic reactions that affect the eyes.
- Cineraria Maritima (Eye Drops): These homeopathic eye drops are sometimes used as a supportive treatment for cataracts and other age-related eye conditions. They are believed to help improve eye circulation and reduce cloudiness in the lens.
- Causticum: Causticum may be suggested for conditions involving dryness, burning, or sensitivity of the eyes. It is sometimes considered for individuals with a history of recurrent eye infections.
- Belladonna: Belladonna may be used for acute eye conditions with sudden redness, heat, and throbbing pain. It is sometimes considered for conditions like acute conjunctivitis.