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Hi everyone

No news yet on mum but I just wanted to run some other stuff by you all.

The optician said that they weren't too worried about her left eye but the issue was with the right eye. I have read a couple of bits on AMD and it says that AMD will never just affect one eye, it's always both.. is this true? I didn't think this was the case.

Also her Amsler grid is showing as normal to her. Would this suggest it isn't AMD and something else?

Thank you in advance

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Dear Badgers2017,

Once an individual has wet AMD in one eye, then there is a 50% chance of developing it in the second eye within 5 years.

I am copying a link to our Guide to AMD. There is information on Amsler grid use on pp. 20-21:


I hope that this addresses your query.

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Kind regards,

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Hi Badger

AMD usually, but not always) starts in one and progresses very slowly as a rule, but most people with this condition will go on to develop it in the other eye too. The time span between the two events varies from person to person. it could be months or years. I read in a medical report recently that often the second eye deteriorates faster than the original one - so in effect, it may well catch up with the first one.

If your mum sees the Amsler grid as normal - no wavy lines, blurriness or dark smudges over the grid, then that must be encouraging. Of course, there numererous other types of eye conditions and subtypes of AMD. Only the opthalmologist will be able to tell your mum what's going on in her eyes. For now, the important thing is to watch out for any changes in her vision. Should that happen contact the hospital asap or go to A&E

Best wishes


Thank you Ayayay! I should probably stop googling this :(


Im not sure but think the amsler shows distortion once a certain level /placement of damage is reached. Hence the urgency when it does.

My original diagnosis wetmd from the opticians was amended by the eye clinic after fluoroscein dye to brvo but the resulting damage and treatment was basically the same at the beginning. I wouldn't bother googling more until firm diagnosis given .

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