What is an Amsler Grid?

The Amsler Grid is an eye test developed in the early 1900s and still used today to help monitor the retina for age-related macular degeneration. Age-Related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, is an eye disease that causes loss of central vision and affects 11 million people (about twice the population of Arizona) in the United States today. Early prevention is key to treating this disease, and with the help of tools like the Amsler Grid, more people will get the help they need to maintain their vision for as long as possible. 


1. Wear any glasses needed for distance and/or near vision

2. Place yourself 12-15 inches from the screen, with the entire grid in view

3. Cover your left/right eye with your hand and focus only on the dot in the center.

Switch eyes and repeat.


Focus only on the dot in the center.

Do any of the lines appear wavy or bent?
Do any of the boxes differ in shape or size?
Are any of the lines missing, blurry, or distorted?

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