The Amsler Grid below is a quick and easy way to monitor your vision for the first signs of AMD. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of AMD after you have used the Amsler Grid, then you should visit your eye care professional within the next week.
What is the Amsler Grid?
The Amsler Grid is a quick and simple test which can help to determine whether you are experiencing the early symptoms of AMD. It is important that you monitor both eyes as you may experience the early symptoms of AMD in your ‘good’ eye and if diagnosed early, you may be able to prevent AMD from developing any further in that eye.
How to use the Amsler Grid
Hold the grid at a distance of around 12 inches (30cm) in front of your eyes (this is the average reading distance). If you wear reading glasses leave them on but do not wear distance glasses. Cover one eye with your hand and focus with your other eye on the centre dot. Check that you can see all four corners of the grid. If areas of the grid appear blurred, distorted, or in any way abnormal then you could be displaying the early signs of AMD.
If the Amsler Grid appears perfectly normal to you, then you probably don’t have AMD. However, if you are over 50 years and have not had a full eye examination with an eye care professional in the last year, you should seriously consider making an appointment now. It is also important to keep testing your eyes at home every two months using the Amsler Grid.
Print off a copy of the Amsler Grid and put it in a prominent place at home, such as on your fridge door, kitchen notice-board or somewhere that you see it every day as a reminder to regularly monitor your eyes.
If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of AMD after you have used the Amsler Grid on the previous page, then you should visit your GP or eye care professional within the next week.
Remember, although useful as an initial test for the early symptoms of AMD, the Amsler Grid cannot replace the recommended full annual eye examination with a qualified optometrist or eye doctor.