Amsler Retina Grid Test – An At-Home Self Test
Call us at (716) 839-9009 if the lines are not straight or if any of the grid is missing. This may indicate retinal disease.
Amsler Grid: The Amsler Retina Grid Test is a diagnostic test that is used by doctors and eye care professionals to detect problems resulting from damage to the macula (the central part of the retina) or the optic nerve.
How to use the Amsler Retina Grid Test:
If you wear glasses, it is important that you wear them while you use the Amsler Grid. The Amsler Retina Grid Test should be at about the same distance from your eyes as any other reading material would be. Cover one eye, then focus on the dot in the center of the grid. Do any of the lines look wavy, blurred, or distorted? (All lines should be straight, all intersections should form right angles and all the squares should be the same size.) Are there any missing areas or dark areas in the grid? Can you see all corners and sides of the grid?
If the lines of grid do not appear straight and parallel, or there are missing areas, notify your doctor. This does not necessarily mean that you have macular degeneration, but it is a warning sign that something is wrong.