Are you at risk of Age Related Macular Degeneration?

Feb 15, 2017

Introduction

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.

Steps:

  1. Wear your reading glasses (if any) and cover one eye.
  2. Focus on the center dot (of the above grid) for one minute.
  3. 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.
  4. Repeat the test in the other eye.
  5. 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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