Did you know that smoking increases your chances of developing Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)? Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe, irreversible vision loss in people over age 60. It occurs when the small central portion of the retina, known as the macula, deteriorates. A healthy macula is required for good vision, for the ability to read, recognize faces, drive etc. AMD has no cure, but its progression can be slowed down, preserve your vision, quit smoking. Regular exams are essential.