Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. It destroys the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision needed for seeding objects clearly 2.1 million people in the U.S. have AMD. As the population ages, the number of cases is expected to increase. The risk factors for Age-Related Macular Degeneration are being over the age of 50, smoking, and family history for AMD. You can reduce your risk of developing Age Related Macular Degeneration by avoiding smoking. You can also reduce your risk of developing AMD by exercising regularly and maintaining a normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Also, you can reduce your risk by eating a healthy diet that includes leafy green vegetables and fish.