How is Macular Degeneration Diagnosed?

Macular degeneration is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam that includes:

  • Visual Acuity Test: This test measures how well you see at distances.
  • Dilated Eye Exam: Drops are placed in your eyes to widen the pupils, which allows for a closer examination of the retina.
  • Amsler Grid: This test helps detect vision problems associated with damage to the macula.
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT): This imaging test provides cross-sectional images of the retina and can identify areas of thickening or thinning.