What is macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 and older. AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows one to see fine detail, causing central vision loss. An early symptom of AMD includes the distortion of lines that may appear wavy.
How can it be treated?
There is no treatment for the most common version of AMD (“Dry” macular degeneration). The disease can be slowed down by eating green leafy vegetables and over-the-counter AREDS2 vitamins, such as CataRx. The best way to screen for all forms of macular degeneration is with an Amsler grid.
What is an Amsler grid?
An Amsler grid is a home-based screening device for macular degeneration and glaucoma. It is recommended by Ophthalmologists and Optometrists to help detect central visual field changes.
How do I use an Amsler grid?
Position this grade at a comfortable reading distance, about 12-14 inches away. If applicable, wear your reading glasses. Cover one eye and focus on the black dot in the center of the grid. Take note if any lines appear wavy or skewed. Cover the other eye and repeat the test. Contact your eye specialist if any grade lines appear distorted or discontinuous in either eye.