Are you at risk of Age Related Macular Degeneration?
Feb 15, 2017
Age is a major risk factor for AMD. The disease is most likely to occur among elderly, however it can also occur to anyone. Other risk factors for AMD include:
- Family history
- Uncontrolled blood pressure level
- Elevated lipid levels
The early and intermediate stages of AMD usually start at no symptom. You may take a simple test (Amsler grid)
Amsler Grid – Simple self-testing for eye condition
Amsler grid helps to detect vision changes caused by poor control, macular edema or a detached retina. The grid is used by health professionals to detect eye problems, but it only detects problems in macula and cannot check other regions of the eye.
- Wear your reading glasses (if any) and cover one eye.
- Focus on the center dot (of the above grid) for one minute.
- While looking directly at the center, be sure that all of the lines are straight and clear, and all the small squares are the same size.
- Repeat the test in the other eye.
- If any lines or squares appear distorted, wavy, blurred, discoloured, or otherwise abnormal, seek for doctor’s advise right away.
*All the lines should be straight in healthy eyes
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