This simple test can help you evaluate your vision at home.
The Snellen chart is widely used to measure central visual acuity. Download the PDF and closely follow the instructions on the first page.
Remember, this is not a diagnostic tool. If you experience any problems with your vision, it is always best to speak with your doctor.
These simple tools can help measure how well you can see and if there are recent changes in your vision.
The Amsler Grid helps you notice changes in your vision and may help you detect wet AMD early.
Using a mirror, you will test one eye at a time. First, cover your left eye with your left hand and look at your face in the mirror. Then switch and cover your right eye with your right hand. If you notice any blurriness or other vision changes in either eye, contact your eye care professional as soon as possible.
These links will help you find support groups, patient organizations, and resources that will help you manage wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
The Angiogenesis Foundation
Science of AMD
Macular Degeneration Foundation (US)
American Macular Degeneration Foundation
Macular Degeneration Partnership
Association for Macular Diseases
Macular Degeneration Foundation
In a rush? You can also print a version of these FAQs here.
Wet age-related macular degeneration, or wet AMD, can result when abnormal blood vessels begin to grow and leak blood and fluid beneath a part of the eye. This leakage can lead to permanent visual impairment in as little as 3 months if not properly treated. Currently there is no cure, and even inadequate treatment can result in tissue scarring that can cause significant vision loss. In fact, wet AMD is the leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 55 in the United States and Europe.
Currently, there is no cure for wet AMD. However, there are effective treatments available. Laser surgery, photodynamic therapy (PDT), anti-angiogenic, and anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) treatments give patients several options to choose from to help create a successful treatment plan.
A retina specialist is a doctor highly trained in diseases of the eye, including wet AMD. He/she can help diagnose and recommend treatment for wet AMD and can be a valuable resource by providing information and answering your questions.