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.


News & Media Releases

Stories and news about Macular Degeneration are often shared throughout the media. Below are some recent MDNZ articles, click on the ‘Read More’ button to find out more.

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MDNZ 2016 Awareness Campaign - PRINZ Awards

26 May 2017

Our May 2016 Macular Degeneration Awareness Week was a great success thanks to a great campaign run by Cadance Communications on our behalf.    This resulted in the Cadence Communications campaign for MDNZ being acknowledged at the recent PRINZ awards.   See their blog:


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The Cost of Age-Related Macular Degeneration - Deloitte Research Paper

15 November 2016


Macular Degeneration New Zealand recently commissioned Deloittte's to conduct comprehensive research to determine the socioeconomic cost of vision loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in New Zealand in order to assist with raising awareness of the economic cost of AMD so that action can be taken to eliminate blindness and vision loss from AMD.

To read the full report click 'Download' below.





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The Treatment Revolution

Wednesday, 9th November 2016 at 6.30 p.m.
The Atrium, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Professor Alan Bird will discuss one of the greatest advances in medicine in the past decade.

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Early detection saves sight

TV1 'Kiwi Living' 24 August 2016

Join Sir Peter Leitch on his journey of discovery into the importance of looking after your eyesight

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Blind spot on eyesight treatment

Sunday Star Times 5 June 2016

Thousands of Kiwis are going blind from a preventable condition but treatments are not receiving appropriate funding, doctors say.

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A first in the Southern Hemisphere

4 March 2016 

A Whakatane woman with MD is the first person in the Southern Hemisphere to have a real life twinkle in her eye after receiving life changing surgery to improve her vision by implanting a tiny telescope in her eye.

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by Jennifer Bowden NZ LISTENER 6 June 2013

It's the leading cause of vision loss but most of us have never heard of it and have no idea how to prevent it...                                                                                                                                                      read more

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What is Macular Degeneration? Central TV

25th June, 2013

Viv Jones talks to Hillary Entwistle from Central TV about Macular Degeneration.

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Are you at risk of Macular Degeneration? TV One

27th May, 2013

It is the leading cause of blindness for people aged over 50 – and there is a push to get more Kiwis tested.

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Simple test detects leading cause of blindness

28 May, 2013

MD is a chronic eye disease that affects the central vision and one in seven New Zealanders over the age of 50 have it.

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Macular degeneration on rise  3 News

25th May, 2014

A disease which causes permanent blindness is sharply on the rise in New Zealand. With macular degeneration, perfect vision can diminish rapidly in just a few weeks.

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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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