Take the Amsler Grid Self-Test
For best results, print this page before taking the test.
- If you wear glasses, wear them for the test.
- Cover one eye.
- Hold the grid about 10 inches away from the eye you are testing.
- Look at the center dot keeping your eye focused on it at all times.
- While looking directly at the center, and only the center, be sure that all the lines are straight and all the small squares are the same size.
- If you should notice any area on the grid that becomes distorted, blurred, discolored, or otherwise abnormal, have your eyes thoroughly examined right away.
- Test each eye separately.
A Few facts to consider:
- Over 2.5 million Americans are blind.
- The leading causes of blindness and permanent vision loss are: Macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy
- 40% to 50% of diabetics will develop diabetic retinopathy.
- Diabetic retinopathy often shows no symptoms until it is too late.
- Macular degeneration is the number one cause of central vision loss.
- Floaters and flashers may indicate serious eye disease.
- Half of all cases of blindness could have been prevented through early detection.
- Regular eye exams, including examination of the back of the eye through dilated pupils, are the best defense.