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.

 Mr Henry Ford, B Ag Com  Back to About Us

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Henry is married to Marg and has three adult children.  One of his close friends has recently been diagnosed with Macular Degeneration.

Henry completed a B Ag Com degree at Lincoln College  and spent the first part of his career with the Rural Bank.  After a period of farming he returned to the bank and eventually migrated into the retail area of the National Bank as a result of their acquisition of the Rural Bank.  Eventually he became GM for the National Bank branch networks and spent ten years in this role before three years as GM Consumer Bank for Westpac.  This role was responsible for Westpac’s branches, Call Centres,  and Private Bank.

In 2007 he left the Bank and established his own financial planning business using two established brands, Bradley Nuttall and Triplejump.  For the last seven years he has developed this business in Auckland.

Henry is a member of Parnell Rotary and has recently completed a year as President.  He is also a Trustee for the Alzheimer’s Trust.

 Henry Ford

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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Smoking

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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