Though Jane researched her condition on her own, she got help along the way

Helpful tools, charts, and advocacy groups lifted her spirits
and addressed her needs and questions.


Listen to Jane’s story


Visual Acuity Test

This simple test can help you evaluate your vision at home.

Snellen Chart

Snellen chart

The Snellen chart is widely used to measure central visual acuity. Download the PDF and closely follow the instructions on the first page.

Download the Snellen chart

Remember, this is not a diagnostic tool. If you experience any problems with your vision, it is always best to speak with your doctor.

I used some simple tests to see how my vision was improving with treatment.

— Jane

Help along the way

Questions for your
retina specialist

This guide will
help you be
prepared for
your next
doctor visit.

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Vision Tools

These simple tools can help measure how well you can see and if there are recent changes in your vision.

Amsler grid eye test

Amsler Grid eye test

The Amsler Grid helps you notice changes in your vision and may help you detect wet AMD early.

Download the Amsler grid

Self face test

Self face test

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.

Download the eye cover

Dive deeper into wet AMD

Continue your education

Science of AMD Brochure

Learn more about the diagnosis of Wet AMD and how to protect your vision.

Download brochure

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Wet AMD Online Resources

These links will help you find support groups, patient organizations, and resources that will help you manage wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Online resources

The Angiogenesis Foundation

Science of AMD

Macular Degeneration Foundation (US)

American Macular Degeneration Foundation

Macular Degeneration Partnership

Association for Macular Diseases

MD Support

Macular Degeneration Foundation

Children’s Corner

I was relieved to find out that there was support for what I was going through.

— Jane
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Find answers to your frequently asked questions about wet AMD.

In a rush? You can also print a version of these FAQs here.

  • What is wet AMD?

    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.

    Learn more about wet AMD

  • Why do I have wet AMD?

    Wet AMD has several risk factors. Your chances of getting wet AMD increase as you age, and females are more likely to develop wet AMD than males. Other risk factors include:

    • Genetics
    • Smoking
    • Obesity
    • High blood pressure
    • Exposure to UV light

    Learn more about risk factors

  • Is there a cure for wet AMD?

    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.

    Learn more about treatments

  • How can I decrease my risk for wet AMD?

    There are several ways you can decrease your risk for wet AMD:

    • Do not smoke/quit smoking
    • Maintain a healthy weight
    • Exercise regularly
    • Monitor your diet
    • Take dietary supplements
    • Reduce exposure to UV light
    • Get regular check-ups with your doctor

    Learn more about decreasing risk

  • How do I know if I have wet AMD?

    The signs of wet AMD are often similar from patient to patient. Symptoms of wet AMD include:

    • Blurry vision
    • Straight lines appearing wavy, distorted, or fractured
    • Difficulty distinguishing colors or contrasts
    • Sensitivity to bright lights
    • Close work (knitting or reading) becomes impossible

    Learn about symptoms

  • How can I find support for wet AMD?

    There are many organizations prepared to help people looking for support for wet AMD. Some national organizations may host events in or near your area that you can attend, and others may even have a local branch that you can consult for support.

    Find support resources

  • What is a retina specialist?

    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.

You can also print a version of these FAQs.

Print FAQs

Reading about the most frequently
asked questions and downloading the discussion guide
helped me be
better prepared for
my next doctor visit.

— Jane

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