AMD Symptom Checker

Welcome to the AMD Symptom Checker. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a progressive eye disease that affects the macula at the back of the eye, which is responsible for central vision and allows you to see detail. AMD is the leading cause of sight loss in Ireland for those over 50*.

Please use this AMD Symptom Checker to help you to understand some of the symptoms of AMD. If you notice any changes in your eyesight or experience any symptoms, please see an eye care specialist immediately. The AMD symptom checker is not intended to be used to diagnose AMD or to replace either an eye test or medical advice.

*The cost of sight loss report NCBI 2011

Distortion

This can present itself as straight lines appearing wavy or bent. Take a look at the image below.
Does the image on the left appear distorted?

Without aMD
With aMD

Blurred Vision

People may experience difficulty distinguishing faces, objects or recognising detail.
Does the image on the left appear blurry?

Without aMD
With aMD

Dark Spots

The photo below shows how some people with AMD may view the world – although the
outer part of vision is unaffected the central part becomes obstructed.
Do you experience dark spots on the left image?

Without aMD
With aMD

Amsler Grid

Using an Amsler grid is a quick and easy way to check and monitor your vision for early symptoms of AMD. Remember it is not a substitute for an eye test.

Look at the grid below. Position yourself 12- 14 inches away. Keep your reading glasses on / contact lens in if you usually wear them. Cover one eye whilst focusing on the dot in the centre at all times.

Do any of the lines in the grid appear wavy, blurred or distorted?

Are the squares different sizes, appear blurred or distorted?

Thank you for taking the time to learn about AMD and some of its main symptoms. If you are aged 50 or over, we recommend that you make an appointment with your eye care specialist for a comprehensive eye examination every year.

According to the answers you provided you don’t appear to be experiencing any symptoms of AMD. To ensure that you are keeping on top of your eye health, we recommend visiting your eye care specialist for a comprehensive eye examination every year.

According to the answers you provided you may be experiencing early symptoms of AMD. Based on this it is recommended that you go and see your eye care specialist and have a full eye examination immediately.