Macular Degeneration - How do I use an Amsler grid?

If you have been diagnosed with dry AMD, you should use a chart called an Amsler grid every day to monitor your vision, as dry AMD can change into the more damaging wet form.

To use the Amsler grid, wear your reading glasses and hold the grid 12 to 15 inches away from your face in good light.

  1. Cover one eye.
  2. Look directly at the center dot with the uncovered eye and keep your eye focused on it.
  3. While looking directly at the center dot, note whether all lines of the grid are straight or if any areas are distorted, blurry or dark.
  4. Repeat this procedure with the other eye.
  5. If any area of the grid looks wavy, blurred or dark, contact your ophthalmologist immediately.

If you detect any changes when looking at the grid, you should notify Doctor Murphy immediately.

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