Amsler Grid

The Amsler grid is a useful tool to detect vision problems resulting from damage to the macula (the central part of the retina).

Report any irregularity to your eye care professional immediately.

The grid does not replace having your macula tested by an eye care professional, particularly if you are over 50 yrs old or have any risk factors for macular degeneration.

Amsler Grid

How to do it

  1. Cover one eye, then focus on the dot in the centre.
  2. Do any of the lines look wavy, blurred or distorted?
  3. Are there any missing areas or dark areas in the grid?
  4. Don't forget to test
    both eyes.

One morning I woke up and could see a black shape.   I put my hand over one eye and could see that the shape was actually in my eye.  After a week it was still there so I thought there must be something wrong.   My optometrist sent me to a specialist, who told me I had macular degeneration.

My mother had the same problem and my husband had also had eye problems, so I had heard of MD.  Even though I had heard of it, I'm one of those people who doesnot want to find out what's going on so I didn't know any more about MD until I got it.

When the specialist told me I would need an injection in my eye, it just about sent me to the moon!  I really didn't like the idea but told myself I'd have to be big and brave about it.   I can honestly say that it wasn't a big deal.   Having the injection onkly takes a couple of minutes and doesn't hurt at all.   It's a queer feeling but it isn't sore during the injection or afterwards.

I have since had a lot of injections and I always notice afterwards that the door frames in my house stop looking all crooked.

My advice to anyone who thinks their eyesight is playing up is to get it seen to as soon as you think anything is wrong.  Don't dilly-dally around!


Lorraine Morgan 


Learn more about Macular Degeneration

Find out how MD affects the lives of real New Zealanders. Watch the video, learn about the risks and see how MD is a growing problem in our society.


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Map: Where is MD in NZ?

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a growing problem in NZ. Total prevalence is predicted to be 206,908 in 2018.

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Getting tested is simple

There is a quick and easy way to tell if MD affects your vision.  Click on the link below to see if you have the common warning signs.

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What you need to know

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What's the chance?

In New Zealand MD affects 1 in 7 people over the age of 50 years

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Smokers have 3 times the risk of developing MD and tend to develop MD 10 years earlier than non-smokers

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Is it getting worse?

It is estimated the number of people with MD will increase by 70% by 2030

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More common than you think

Age related Macular Degeneration is the most common cause of blindness

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You need to know!

Of those most at risk (50+) 67% have heard of MD and only 48% understand that it is an eye disorder. *Galaxy Poll March 2014

People with a family history of MD have a 50% chance of inheriting the genetic predisposition of developing MD.

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What if I don't have treatment?

Untreated, the majority of people with wet MD become functionally blind within 2 years

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