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New Eye Chart to Detect Macular Degeneration

New Eye Chart to Detect Macular Degeneration

Monday 27 June 2016

An international team combining scientists from Moorfields Eye Hospital, Ulster University and University College London has produced an Eye Chart which detects the early onset of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Most sight loss comes in the later stages of the condition, making it relatively easy to diagnose. For the first time, the new ‘Moorfields Acuity Chart’ offers a quick and reliable indication of the early changes in the retina which lead to the condition.

Results of a clinical trial involving 80 patients were recently published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. These results show the new chart to be much more effective than standard eye charts in detecting the condition. Plans are now afoot for a larger clinical trial.


  1. Science News:
    Moorfields Acuity Chart: Novel Sight Test Detects Early Age-Related Macular Degeneration.

  2. RNIB:
    New test detects early signs of AMD.



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  • laima Golestaneh
    02 Jul 2016

    Hello Serious Readers Team,

    How does a serious reader get ahold of the Morefields Acuity Chart for self-help or book an appointment for a test? It is not enough to know that it exists.

  • Serious Readers
    04 Jul 2016

    Many thanks for your feedback. The news release from Moorfields Hospital states that the eye chart “will be produced commercially under licence by Peter Allen and Associates and the team is currently preparing to assess the MAC chart’s performance in a larger clinical trial”. Unfortunately we do not know when or where the chart will become available. Here’s a link to the press release should you wish to investigate further:

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