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Amsler Grid Eye Test

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Instructions for using the Amsler Grid

This page contains instructions for using a free, downloadable Amsler grid test to help detect early signs of retinal disease such as macular degeneration.

To start, download and print this free Amsler grid eye test on plain white paper (PDF format).

The Amsler grid can help detect early signs of retinal disease and monitor changes in vision after diagnosis.


How to use an Amsler grid:

  1. Hold the grid at a comfortable reading distance (generally, about 12-14 inches away). Wear your reading glasses if you normally use them.

  2. Cover one eye and focus on the black dot in the middle of the grid.

  3. Cover the other eye and repeat the test. If the lines appear to be wavy, dim, irregular, or fuzzy, schedule an eye exam immediately.


You may also request a magnetic version of the Amsler grid by calling 1-855-345-6637.

Have questions about what the Amsler Grid is, how to read the eye grid, or how it works? Please check out our additional resource on how to use the Amsler grid, which includes an instructional video.


En Español:
Instrucciones para usar Cuadrícula de Amsler (PDF) en español.


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