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Seeking treatment as soon as possible is important when it comes to diseases of the retina.
Are you concerned about your vision and want to check for signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)? The Amsler Grid is a simple and effective way to monitor your vision and detect changes that may be a sign of AMD.
The Amsler grid is a grid of horizontal and vertical lines used to monitor a person's central visual field. The test was developed by Marc Amsler, a Swiss ophthalmologist. It is a diagnostic tool that helps ophthalmologists detect visual disturbances caused by changes in the retina, particularly the macula, such as age-related macular degeneration.
How to Use An Amsler Grid Test
Once you have downloaded and printed your free Amsler grid test, there are a few steps you should follow to ensure you are getting accurate results:
- Hold the grid about 14 inches from your face and cover one eye.
- Stare at the center dot on the grid.
- While looking at the center dot, note any distortion, such as wavy lines, or blank spots, in the straight lines on the grid.
- Repeat the test with the other eye.
If you notice any wavy lines, blank spots, or other abnormalities, it's important to contact your eye doctor as soon as possible for further evaluation.
Amsler grids are often used to test one’s vision at home. Patients with macular degeneration are often instructed to monitor their vision daily with a grid. This is because if their condition begins to worsen, treatment should be started immediately. Treatments for macular degeneration, such as Lucentis or Avastin, are more effective if they are started soon after disease progression occurs.
Did You Know?
An annual comprehensive dilated eye exam can help aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of diseases like macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.