Age-related Macular Degeneration
Frequently Asked Questions
14. How is AMD detected?
AMD is detected during a comprehensive eye exam that includes a visual acuity test, dilated eye exam, and tonometry.
The visual acuity test is an eye chart test that measures how well you see at various distances.
In the dilated eye exam, drops are placed in your eyes to widen, or dilate, the pupils. Your eye care professional uses a special magnifying lens to examine your retina and optic nerve for signs of AMD and other eye problems. After the exam, your close-up vision may remain blurred for several hours.
With tonometry, an instrument measures the pressure inside the eye. Numbing drops may be applied to your eye for this test.