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.

MDNZ Professional Friends

Since its inception in 2010, MDNZ has enjoyed a valuable relationship with optometrists and ophthalmologists nationwide and our combined efforts have saved the sight of thousands of New Zealanders. MDNZ seeks to continue to strengthen this relationship and invites you to join the MDNZ Professional Friend Program.By becoming a Professional Friend you will be demonstrating to your patients your ongoing support of MDNZ and showing your commitment to being at the forefront of client support services, as well as helping MDNZ continue its sight saving work.    

Benefits of becoming a Professional Friend include:

  • Free access to all MDNZ brochures and MDNZ resources (including postage) for you to offer patients/clients.
  • Highlighted listing as a Professional Friend in the MDNZ web-based national directory.
  • Professional Friend Certificate to display in your practice(s).
  • Listing in MDNZ's annual report as a Professional Friend.
  • Quarterly newsletter.

MDNZ will continue to promote the importance of early detection and treatment of macular degeneration and continue to drive New Zealanders into optometry practices to have their eyes tested and macula checked. We look forward to you joining us in this quest as a Professional Friend.


Sign up to become a Professional Friend of MDNZ

To apply online to become a Professional Friend click the link below. For more information please contact Phillippa Pitcher on 0800 MACULA (0800 622 852).

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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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