Use the Amsler Grid to test yourself
This diagnostic tool was created by Marc Amsler, an Ophthalmologist from Switzerland, in 1945. This test does not replace the need for a comprehensive eye exam conducted by a certified Optometrist, but it does help an individual assess and monitor symptoms of Macular Degeneration as soon as they arise. Learn more about Treating Diabetic Retinopathy.
Instructions to conduct your visual test:
- Make sure you are in a well-lit room. In the case that you wear glasses, have them on for the assessment.
- Position your eyes 12-14 inches away from the Amsler Grid.
- Cover one eye, and with the open eye, focus on the black dot in the center of the grid.
- Answer the 5 questions above the grid in relation to your visual experience. Report these notes to your Optometrist.
- Repeat the test with your second eye.