“I try to be independent but I do need a lot of help.”

As a child, Melissa used to wish she had glasses because she liked how they looked. Then came the day she began struggling to read the eye chart at the optometrist. She got her glasses. But by the time she turned 16 they weren’t helping anymore.

Melissa’s condition, Stargardt disease, is the most common form of a group of eye diseases called inherited retinal diseases. Inherited retinal diseases are the primary cause of childhood blindness in Australia and around the world.

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