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 Simon Rose BSc. Dip Opt

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Simon graduated with a BSc in Neurophysiology in 1979 and was one of the last to graduate with a Dip Optometry in 1982.   He started work as a general Optometrist in Hamilton in 1982 and worked for two years in London before returning to Hamilton to start up a partnership in a strong practice centring in contact lenses and general optometry.

He recently passed the Diploma in Ocular Therapeutics which gave him a new insight to the current mechanisms involved in Macular Degeneration.

Simon looks after a group of Carmelite Nuns in Samoa and visits them to check on how their eyes are.   Having been in Optometry for the laswt 32 years and seeing the effect of MD on people on a daily basis, Simon believes he has an honest empathy in wanting to make a difference to those who are affected and those who may be affected in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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