How to Use An Amsler Grid

Thursday, May 10, 2012

How to Use An Amsler Grid

Example of an Amsler Grid

Perhaps your Optometrist or Ophthalmologist has recommended you perform a daily check of your vision with an Amsler grid.  If so, the following are general instructions for how to use the grid:

If you wear reading glasses, they should be worn during the testing with the Amsler grid.  Hold the grid about the same distance as you would any other reading materials.

Covering one of your eyes; direct your focus to the dot in the center.  When viewing the grid, all of the squares should be the same size and the lines straight, forming right angles.
Ask yourself the following questions:
  • Do any of the lines look wavy, blurred or distorted?
  • Are there any missing areas or dark areas in the grid?
  • Can you see all corners and sides of the grid?
  • Now, switch eyes and repeat.
  • Mark areas of the chart that you're not seeing properly and bring it with you to your eye exam.
If you notice ANY irregularities or differences from a previous test, contact D’Ambrosio Eye Care IMMEDIATELY at 800-325-3937 and explain the changes in your vision.

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