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Blackmores Lutein Defence is an antioxidant formula containing Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which may help to defend against free radical changes to the Macula. This is especially important if you have a family history of this disease.

The Amsler grid is a tool that eye doctors use to detect vision problems resulting from damage to the macula (the central part of the retina) or the optic nerve.

The chart below is an approximation of the printed chart used by eye doctors. For more accurate detection of macular damage, you will need a complete eye exam

Illustration of an Amsler grid.

How to Test Yourself with the Amsler Grid

If you need reading glasses please wear them while you use the Amsler grid. The grid should be at about the same distance from your eyes that any other reading material would be.

Cover one eye, then focus on the dot in the center.

  • Do any of the lines look wavy, blurred or distorted? (All lines should be straight, all intersections should form right angles and all the squares should be the same size.)
  • Are there any missing areas or dark areas in the grid?
  • Can you see all corners and sides of the grid?
  • Don't forget to test both eyes.

VERY IMPORTANT: Report any irregularity to your eye doctor immediately.