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Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. It affects one in every seven Australians over the age of 50 and the incidence increases with age.

The Macula & The Optic Nerves are components of the Retina. These are the main components that determine our sight. They cannot be replaced so the more these are damaged, the more sight we lose. Antioxidants from an early age are critical to prevent degeneration.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is an ailment characterised by the degeneration of the Macula of the Retina. It initially causes diminished vision from the central field of vision and then widens to afflict peripheral vision. The initial signs are blurred and distorted vision. With time ARMD can cause blockage of the centre of sight, causing frontal blindness.

But an age related disease begins early in life due to compromised wellness and other diseases such as diabetes or heart disease.

The Amsler Grid Eye Exam

This is a useful tool used to detect changes in vision. These changes may include wavy or bent lines, dark or missing patches and any distortion. It is not a substitute for regular eye examinations but it does help to alert a person to any possible changes in the Retina before they become irreversible.

The Amsler Grid – How to use the Grid:

  1. Do not remove glasses or contact lenses you normally wear for reading
  2. Stand approximately 33 cms from the grid in a well-lit room.
  3. Cover one eye with your hand and focus on the centre dot with your uncovered eye. Repeat with the other eye.
  4. If you see wavy, broken or distorted lines, or blurred or missing areas of vision you may be displaying symptoms of macular degeneration and should contact your eye care professional immediately.

Grid showing abnormal vision

If it looks similar to the image on the right, consult your eye care provider immediately.