Please note : The above Amsler Grid Test is indicative only. The grid DOES NOT REPLACE having your macula tested by an eye care professional, particularly if you are over 50 years old or have any risk factors for macular degeneration.

Macular Degeneration Treatment

  • Why should I get my eyes treated for Macular Degeneration?

    Macular Degeneration is the progressive loss of central vision. The retina is responsible for processing all visual images and the Macular is central in the retina. Macular Degeneration is the leading cause for people over 50 and develops with age. However, the sooner it is detected, the better outcome for your eyes.

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    Macular Degeneration develops with age. However, the exact cause of Macular Degeneration is unknown. It is believed that genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors play a part in the onset of Macular Degeneration.


    The symptoms of Macular Degeneration include reduced central vision making activities such as reading and distinguishing faces difficult, dark or empty patches in the centre of your vision and straight lines become distorted appearing wavy or bent. Book an eye test at Curtis Vision optometrists to properly diagnose Macular Degeneration.

    Do I need to treat it?

    If you leave wet MD untreated, you will likely become functionally blind within 2 years.

    Macular Degeneration New Zealand (MDNZ) is a charitable trust (#CC42203) that Curtis Vision are proud to support. MDNZ has the vision to provide awareness, education and support to those suffering from macular degeneration.

    We encourage you to visit the MDNZ website to support the organisation’s fundraising.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the chance of getting Macular Degeneration?
    Although risk can depend on genetics, lifestyle and environmental factors, 1 in 7 people over 50 years are affected. Those with a family history of MD have a 50% higher chance of inheriting the genetic predisposition of developing MD.

    Does smoking increase the risk?
    Your risk is much greater of developing Macular Generation if you smoke.

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  • We recommend that you have a routine comprehensive eye examination every two years to ensure your eye health and that any necessary optical correction is updated or provided for your daily needs.  Request an appointment for a comprehensive eye examination today!
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