Amsler Grid

The Amsler grid is a useful tool to detect vision problems resulting from damage to the macula (the central part of the retina).

Report any irregularity to your eye care professional immediately.

The grid does not replace having your macula tested by an eye care professional, particularly if you are over 50 yrs old or have any risk factors for macular degeneration.

Amsler Grid

How to do it

  1. Cover one eye, then focus on the dot in the centre.
  2. Do any of the lines look wavy, blurred or distorted?
  3. Are there any missing areas or dark areas in the grid?
  4. Don't forget to test
    both eyes.

Mr Pic Picot 

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Pic Picot is the owner and founder of Pic’s Peanut Butter, a spread that in nearly 10 years has become the best-selling peanut butter in New Zealand.

 Pic, a peanut butter lover who was declared legally blind in 2010, had no experience in the food industry, when he made his first peanut butter for him and his son’s enjoyment in 2007. He leased a small commercial kitchen and sold some at the Nelson Saturday market.

 Construction is now underway on Pic’s third Nelson factory, ready for opening in February 2019. Pic’s currently employs 45 people, produces around 20,000 jars a day, and exports to the US, UK, South East Asia and Australia.

 He attributes much of his company’s success to the imperative to delegate - forced on him by his macular degeneration, and his ability to move from a focus ‘on detail’ to taking an overall view of his companies’ direction. He has joined MDNZ in the hope that his story might show others with the same condition that it need not negatively affect their quality of life.

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Learn more about Macular Degeneration

Find out how MD affects the lives of real New Zealanders. Watch the video, learn about the risks and see how MD is a growing problem in our society.


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Map: Where is MD in NZ?

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a growing problem in NZ. Total prevalence is predicted to be 206,908 in 2018.

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Getting tested is simple

There is a quick and easy way to tell if MD affects your vision.  Click on the link below to see if you have the common warning signs.

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What you need to know

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What's the chance?

In New Zealand MD affects 1 in 7 people over the age of 50 years

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Smokers have 3 times the risk of developing MD and tend to develop MD 10 years earlier than non-smokers

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Is it getting worse?

It is estimated the number of people with MD will increase by 70% by 2030

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More common than you think

Age related Macular Degeneration is the most common cause of blindness

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You need to know!

Of those most at risk (50+) 67% have heard of MD and only 48% understand that it is an eye disorder. *Galaxy Poll March 2014

People with a family history of MD have a 50% chance of inheriting the genetic predisposition of developing MD.

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What if I don't have treatment?

Untreated, the majority of people with wet MD become functionally blind within 2 years

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