What you are looking at is the AMSLER GRID, It can in two seconds tell you if you have or are developing dry macular degeneration (DRY MD). If so, immediate precautions must be taken in regard to vitamins, supplements and diet. When dry MD turns to WET MD (the severest kind of AMD) the patient loses central vision. The patient will not go entirely blind but will not be able to see faces, make out countenances of friends or relatives, they will not be able to drive or watch television. The reason for using this grid is to inform you of impending visual danger. It is considered a very accurate first step and a warning to get to your vision doctor ASAP.
TO USE THE GRID
PLACE ONE HAND OVER YOUR LEFT OR RIGHT EYE AND STARE AT THE BLACK DOT IN THE CENTER OF THE GRID. DO YOU SEE ANY DISTORED, SWIGGLED OR JUMBLED LINES OR ANY "HOLES" IN THE GRID? IF SO, IT IS A POSSIBLE INDICATION OF MD. NOW SWITCH HANDS AND OBSERVE THE OPPOSITE EYE. IF YOU WEAR GLASSES USE THEM NOW.
For more accurate detection of macular damage, you will need a complete eye exam. iF YOU SEE ANY IRREGULARITES TELL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY. Wavy lines or "drop outs" in the visual field on either eye. If you normally wear glasses use them when taking the test.
AMSLER'S CHART TO TEST YOUR SIGHT
VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS FOR MACULAR DEGENERATION
A study showed that among those whose disease had progressed to the intermediate stage, the zinc supplements reduced by 11 percent the risk of the disease progressing to the advanced stage, and the antioxidants reduced the risk by 10 percent. When the two were combined, the risk dropped by 19 percent. The study followed the participants for 6.5 years on average. The daily dosages of the antioxidants used in the study were 500 milligrams of vitamin C, 400 IU of vitamin E and 15 milligrams of beta-carotene, The body converts the beta-carotene into vitamin A. The daily dosage of zinc was 80 milligrams with 2 milligrams of copper. Lutein and zeaxathin 20 mgs. This is not a reccomendation of the website but to be discussed with your vison specialist.
Christian Wilde is an author/reseacher whose work has been endorsed or contributed to by directors of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiovascular Stem Cell Therapy at 11 major universities. He is the first to advise that you should discuss all supplements with your physician before embarking on adjunct or replacement therapy as your physician is your ultimate health advisor who best knows your particular case. Therefore the information you obtain from the author's books and news reports is not meant to treat or replace your current therapies but to inform you as to what is available or becoming available in the research community generally years ahead of the practicing physician's office.