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.

Brochures & Flyers

Macular Degeneration New Zealand has an informative range of flyers, brochures and info sheets that are downloadable for free. These contain valuable information on treatment, healthy living and frequently asked questions.

To order any of the below resources by mail, click here.


MD Overview

MD Overview
'1 in 7 over 50' Flyer

This 8-page flyer explores the causes of MD, along with tips on boosting eye health.

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About MD Booklet    

This booklet contains information on MD and coping with vision loss.   It is available in A4 and A5 size - both with accessible print size.

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Nutrition & Supplements Brochure

This 4-page A4 brochure identifies how diet and supplements can help those who have or are at risk of MD.





Amsler Grid

This double-sided card with attached magnet features the Amsler Grid and information on symptoms of MD.

 MDNZ What to ask your eye care professional Flyer WebLR 1

What To Ask Your Eye Care Professional

When you are first diagnosed with MD it is important to obtain as much information as possible.

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Blackmores Eye Health Supplements Brochure

This brochure provides information about the important role of supplements in eye health.


 md facts

MD Facts Brochure

This 4-page brochure explores the facts surrounding Macular Degeneration




Eye Map

A quick guide for caring for your eyes.



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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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