I found out in 2 stages.
1. I had the 23&Me genetic testing. They test for genetic diseases, and I came out with MD from both sides of my family. The probability for me was still only increased, nothing definite. I really wasn't worried at all.
This was about 3-4 years ago and I read about MD, mentioned it to my Ophthalmologist at my yearly exam, and downloaded the Amsler Chart and checked. No MD.
Then this year, on a Sunday night, January 24, I noticed that it was hard to focus my eyes, and I couldn't get the font right, or the distance of the screen from my eyes right. I got out the Amsler Chart, and the right side was caved in, and there was a grey cloud in the middle of the caved in part.
By Tuesday, January 26, I saw a retinal specialist, and after the tests I had the diagnosis. Dry MD in my left eye (didn't have a clue!) and Wet MD in my right eye.
I had the first injection of Eylea, with three more monthly appointments set up. Needless to I was blindsided (excuse the horrible term!) by this...I was very emotional, exhausted from the extensive testing, and generally upset.
Now, two weeks later I feel much better. It is SO important to me to have this forum for support.