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.



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Leaving a gift in your Will, or bequest, is a very special act of generosity and one way of making a positive difference beyond your lifetime. A bequest to Macular Degeneration New Zealand (MDNZ) will support the Trust to deliver its sight saving work that will ensure all New Zealanders can see a future.

Whatever the size of your gift, you can be assured that it will make a difference to those with macular degeneration and the services MDNZ provides. Most bequests are made by everyday, hardworking Kiwis whose generosity will help all New Zealanders living with macular degeneration, along with their family and carers, for generations to come.

How will your bequest make a difference?

Here are some ways your gift to MDNZ can make a difference well into the future:

Education: educating and informing the community and health care professionals with accurate and current information on macular disease.

Awareness: promoting early detection, diagnosis and treatment for those at risk and support pathways for those with vision loss, their families and carers.

Support services: providing information, support, guidance and understanding to the macular degeneration community via services including MDNZ’s 0800 Save Sight Helpline, publications and website.

Representation: being the voice of the macular degeneration community by advocating for accessibility and affordability of treatment and rehabilitation including low vision aids and services.

Conduct Research: contribute to New Zealand research on macular degeneration and its impact.

One of MDNZ’s supporters explains why he is leaving a gift in his Will to MDNZ:

I am in my 50’s and recently updated my Will, making two big decisions. The first was to become an organ donor and the second to leave a bequest to the charitable trust Macular Degeneration New Zealand…………..It seems to me we should leave what we can behind, to helps others.

It was in that vein, that I have left a bequest to MDNZ. Macular Degeneration is an insidious condition and have seen the effects in my own family. People need to be more aware of the disease that effects 1 person in 7 over 50 years old. My father was a 1 in 7 and as a result is now blind. I know my bequest will help MDNZ do their amazing work for awareness, testing, early detection and treatment that will ultimately improve the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands of people.

As I have got to know the organisation through personal circumstances, I have come to understand how important their work is and how much work there still is to do.

For those contemplating a bequest, it is easy to do. And, it is comforting to know that one day my final gift will help many.

How to leave a gift to Macular Degeneration New Zealand in your Will

Planning your estate today means you can provide for your loved ones as well as support causes close to your heart, such as MDNZ. A Will is the only way to have certainty that your wishes will be met and a Will also helps to avoid confusion over your intentions and gives you peace of mind.

1. Ask us for more information. Please contact our fundraising manager Sarah Berman at or call on 0800 622 852 for a confidential, no-obligation chat about how your bequest can make a difference.

2. Speak to your solicitor/trust company about making a Will, or change your existing will to include MDNZ. If you have an existing Will, you can draw up a codicil – an addition or amendment to your Will, an easy process. Your solicitor can also help you decide whether you want to leave a residual, pecuniary, or specified bequest:

  • Residual bequest – is the most effective way to leave a bequest. A residual bequest is the remainder of your estate after you have made provision for your loved ones. A residual bequest will keep up with inflation.
  • Percentage bequest - Leaving a percentage of your estate allows you to decide what proportion of your estate you would like to provide as a bequest. This will also keep up with inflation.
  • Pecuniary bequest – this is a specified sum of money in a Will.
  • Specified bequest – this is where a particular item is specified in a Will, for example, works of art, or stocks and shares, or even property.

Please let your solicitor or advisor know: MDNZ’s legal name is Macular Degeneration New Zealand. Charity registration number CC42203. Here is some official wording to help you and your solicitor.

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3. Speak to your family and friends about your decision, so they can support the achievement of your charitable goals when the time comes.

Please let us know: If you have arranged to make a gift to MDNZ, we would naturally love to hear about it. That way we will have the opportunity to thank you personally for your gift in your lifetime and discuss how we might invest your future gift. It does not, however, legally bind you to support us in any way and the information will be treated in strictest confidence. If you wish for your gift to remain anonymous, your request will be honoured.

 For further help and information contact us on 0800 622 852 or email Sarah Berman, Fundraising Manager at


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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