The Amsler grid (Fig.1) is used as a preliminary diagnostic test for AMD. Patients are asked to look at the central spot and describe the shape of the horizontal and vertical lines. Depending on the stage of the disease
Edgar Degas (1834-1917), a genius impressionist painter in France, realized the decline of the central vision of the right eye during the shooting practice at the war in France in 1870. He was only 36 years old.
Degas was dedicated to drawing the ballet scene because the dancer's exercise bar and mirror are attached to the wall at the edge of the room, so that he can paint without worrying about the central part of the vision which could not be seen because of an eye disease called Age-related Macular Degeneration.
Degas was fifty when he drew this painting called “Waiting”.
But he still could not accept his disability and his vision was severely deteriorated. He often said that he wanted to give up everything.
“Waiting” seems to represents painter's eyes with two ladies, the left one is relatively healthy eye but completely worn out, and the right one is blinded eye with no capability so only be able to extend life depending on the young daughter on left. Degas was so miserable with hopeless future that he may have to give up as a painter.