Macular Degeneration Vision Test
One good way of detecting macular degeneration is to use the Amsler grid. Download a printable Adobe PDF of the Amsler Grid.
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Instructions on using the Amsler Grid:
- While wearing glasses hold Amsler grid at a reading distance.
- Cover one eye.
- Stare at center dot.
- Check to see if all the lines are straight and that all squares are the same size.
- If any distortion, blur, discoloration or abnormality consistently occurs, see your ophthalmologist right away. Note: remember to test both eyes.
- Do this test for each eye separately.
A person with macular degeneration may notice distortion of the grid pattern such as bent lines and irregular box shapes or a gray shaded area.