Macular degeneration is an age-related eye disease that can only be fully diagnosed after an exam by a professional. However, macular degeneration tests do exist online and can be the first step to helping you pinpoint concerning symptoms you may have developed. This test is known as the Amsler grid.

What Is the Amsler Grid?

Definition The Amsler grid is a square grid that has been in use since the 1940s that is used to identify signs of macular degeneration. It is a simple grid with a single small dot in the center.

Using an Amsler Grid

To use the Amsler grid you should take a look at the grid below and consider how the image appears. This is a regular grid with straight lines and a small dot in the center.

What Those With AMD May See on the Amsler Grid

Those who have macular degeneration will likely see holes in their vision that appear as large, black dots. They may also see blurring across the grid or the grid’s lines may appear curvy.

Other Signs of Macular Degeneration

Blurring, holes in your vision, and bent lines are only a few of the symptoms of macular degeneration. Additional symptoms of macular degeneration include:

  • Decreased brightness of colors
  • Difficulty recognizing people’s faces
  • Difficulty seeing in low light levels
  • Requiring brighter lights when reading

What to Do If You Are Concerned You May Have Macular Degeneration?

Taking a self-test online isn’t a diagnosis. But if you find that you have concerning results or have other symptoms that are cause for concern, then it’s time to make an appointment with your optometrist. An optometrist can help check your eye health and identify any abnormalities. This may result in being referred to an ophthalmologist who specializes in your particular diagnosis and can provide a specialized treatment plan.

If you’ve noticed concerning holes, blurring, or curvature to your vision, contact us to schedule an eye exam.

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