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.

Other Services Related to Vision Loss

Macular Degeneration works with and endorses other agencies who provide support, services and aids to people with Macular Degeneration and their families.


Blind Foundation

The Blind Foundation is New Zealand's main provider of sight loss habilitation and rehabilitation services to over 11,500 New Zealanders who are blind or have low vision. Members are equipped with the adaptive skills, technology and resources they need to overcome the barriers to participate fully in society and lead independent lives.

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Retina New Zealand

Retina New Zealand Inc. is a voluntary organisation for people with retinal disorders providing telephone-based peer support (0800 233 833) and guidance for people with retinal disorders or adjusting to reduced vision.

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Humanware (also listed as a sponsor)

HumanWare offers a range of highly intuitive and intelligent humanized solutions to help people with visual impairment and learning disabilities by giving them the independence to participate effectively within a sighted world.     

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Site Loss Services  

Sight Loss Services

Sight Loss Services Charitable Trust Inc is a voluntary organisation dedicated to making information, equipment and support available for people with low vision throughout New Zealand. 

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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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