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Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)

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Amsler Grid

The Amsler Grid is used to test the macula, the very central part of the retina. The test is simply a grid made of evenly spaced horizontal and vertical lines. A small dot is located in the center of the grid for fixation.  Follow the instructions below the grid.

 

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While focusing on the dot in the center of the grid, with one eye covered, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I able to see the corners and sides of the square?
  • Do I see any wavy lines?
  • Are there any holes or missing areas?

If the lines of grid do not look straight or areas appear to be missing and or distorted, you should inform your ophthalmologist.