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.



Welcome to Viewpoint                       Issue 1, January 2015

Keeping you up to date with the MD community

Welcome to the first MDNZ newsletter. We are thrilled to be able to share an update of what we have done and what is coming up. We advise which towns will host 2015 Education seminars, give an update on current treatments and  profile our newest MDNZ Ambassador.

We would be pleased to hear from you about content you would like to see in future issues. We are particularly interested to hear your stories to publish these in future issues – be sure to send your unique experience.     

During 2014 MDNZ has reached far and wide across NZ through our Awareness Week campaign, Education and Treatment seminars, community group talks, medical, optometry and pharmacy meetings and conferences, as well as the launch of an online learning programme for medical and optometric personnel. There has been huge interest and demand for information about MD. All of these activities were dependent upon generous sponsors, grantors and donors and we thank each and every one of you sincerely for your support to fund the sight saving work of MDNZ.

Enjoy this edition of Viewpoint.                            

Dianne Sharp and Phillippa Pitcher
Macular Degeneration New Zealand


MDNZ Awareness Week 2014 – Highlights

The 2014 Awareness Week campaign expanded on the 2013 campaign and aimed at increasing awareness to the public, to GPs and to Optometrists.


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MD treatment update

Three main drugs for Wet MD (Avastin, Lucentis and Eylea) have been through treatment trials and the results have been remarkable.....

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Connecting with the medical, optometry and pharmacy community

Have you noticed your GP or Optometrist displaying the new MDNZ poster encouraging people to "Take the test" with the Amsler Grid?

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Education and Treatment Seminars launched May 2014

We were quite astounded by the numbers registering and turning up on the day at our seminars.  People want to know more.

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Education Seminars 2015 – planned locations

The education seminars in 2014 in the larger cities were so successful that we are planning regional seminars in 2015. Planned locations are:

  • Whangarei/Kerikeri
  • Rotorua Taupo
  • Kapiti Coast/Levin/Wairapa
  • Blenheim/Nelson
  • Timaru
  • Invercargill/South Otago
  • Auckland
  Dr Rachel barnes at Pakuranga Probus  

Why funding is so important

MDNZ is a charitable organisation and has NO government or outside funding to do this work.


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Support 2015 MDNZ fundraising events

  • MDNZ Race Day

  • French Film Festival

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MDNZ Ambassador Profile – Viv Jones

Meet Viv Jones who is our newest Ambassador.

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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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