Early detection of macular degeneration is important to save sight. The earlier you seek treatment, the more likely you are to have a better visual outcome compared to those who wait.
| Amsler Grid
||The Amsler Grid(external link) by Macular Degeneration NZ is a useful tool to detect vision problems resulting from damage to your macula (the central part of the retina).
The Amsler Grid looks like graph paper, with dark lines forming a square grid. One of the first signs of macular degeneration can be waviness, distortion, blurring or missing areas on the grid. Take the test online(external link).
However, the grid does not replace having your macula tested by an eye care professional, particularly if you are over 50 years old or have any risk factors for macular degeneration.
Learn more about macular degeneration.