• Do wavy lines always mean AMD?


    Question:

    Do wavy lines on an Amsler grid always mean you have AMD? I was diagnosed with a cyst in my left eye at age 18. I’ve seen wavy lines on the chart, but it has been stable for years.


    Answer:

    Wavy lines on an Amsler grid do not always mean you have age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. A cyst or macular pucker can also cause waviness.

    The Amsler grid is used to monitor many conditions affecting the macula (part of the retina used for crystal clear central vision) and optic nerve. Other eye conditions, like dry eye, can also cause the lines to appear wavy. When the lines appear wavy or distorted on the Amsler grid you should see your ophthalmologist.


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