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Test Your Vision with the Amsler Grid

Early detection of changes in the central sight area with an Amsler Grid is vital to safeguarding vision from needless loss due to macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

If you are at risk for developing macular degeneration or have diabetes, it is wise to check the vision in each eye each day. Early detection of a problem with vision increases the chance of saving eyesight through timely laser treatment.

A simple test of vision quality that detects even minor changes when they first occur is the Amsler Grid. This easy test only takes a moment for each eye. The results can give you timely warning of changes in your retina that warrant immediate attention by an ophthalmologist.

Instructions

  • Wear your reading glasses
  • Hold the Amsler grid at a normal reading distance
  • Cover one eye
  • Look at the dot in the center of the grid
  • Note how the lines and squares appear
  • Test the other eye in the same manner

 amsler grid

Interpretation

  • All of the lines should be straight and the squares of a uniform size.
  • If you note any changes in the appearance of the grid, such as distortion, blurring, discoloration, dark or missing areas of the grid, or any other changes, call and see your eye doctor immediately.
  • Do not wait to see if the changes will clear on their own. Timely treatment is vital to safeguarding your vision.

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