How Is AMD Diagnosed?Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 14:12
The doctor will take your medical history, ask about changes in your vision, and check your eyesight. Then you will get tests that can detect not just AMD, but other eye problems such as glaucoma and retina detachments.
The doctor will give you eye drops that enlarge, or dilate, the pupil of the eye. Dilating the pupils gives the doctor a larger opening to view the inside of the eye. He or she then will use instruments to look into your eyes and examine of the retina for signs of AMD.
One of the first signs of AMD are tiny deposits, called
The doctor also may ask you to look at an Amsler Grid, a checkerboard-like pattern of lines. If the lines appear curved or distorted, it may be a sign of early AMD.
If the doctor suspects wet AMD, he may do a test called