If you need reading glasses, please wear them while you use the Amsler grid. The grid should be at about the same distance from your eyes that any other reading material would be.
You may want to print this page and then take the test. Use the "landscape" setting on your printer.
Don't forget to test both eyes.
Cover one eye, then focus on the dot in the center.
a) Do any of the lines look wavy, blurred, or distorted? (All lines should be straight, all intersections should form right angles, and all the squares should be the same size.)
b) Are there any missing areas or dark areas in the grid?
c) Can you see all corners and sides of the grid?
If you answer yes to any of the questions above, you could have Macular Degeneration and should contact your eye care provider immediately.
VERY IMPORTANT: Any irregularity should be reported to your eye doctor immediately.
Please note: If you have an urgent question regarding your eye health, please call your eye care practitioner immediately! This page is designed to provide general information about vision, vision care and vision correction. It is not intended to provide medical advice. If you suspect that you have a vision problem or a condition that requires attention, consult an eye care professional for advice on the treatment of your own specific condition and for your own particular needs.
Always use sunglasses when in the daylight hours to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, which can lead to the development of a cataract.