Juvenile macular degeneration

In rare cases, macular degeneration affects younger people. This is sometimes known as juvenile macular degeneration. It can be present at birth and, in younger people, it is almost always caused by an inherited genetic disorder, such as:

  • Stargardt's disease: the most common type of juvenile macular degeneration, it can start in childhood or early adulthood.
  • Best disease: a mild type of macular degeneration, also known as Best vitelliform retinal dystrophy.
  • Sorsby's dystrophy: a type of macular degeneration that often begins between the ages of 30 and 40 and causes some loss of vision.