Macular Degeneration Linked to Aspirin Use

Apirin use in people 65 years of age and older has been linked to increased risk associated with the eye disease macular degeneration.

A study recently presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 2010 annual meeting showed and association between aspirin use and macular degeneration.  According to Dr. Paulus de Jong there had been several studies that had found an association as well as several studies that had found no association and this study was meant to “disentangle the conflicting evidence” between aspirin use and macular degeneration.

The study examined 4691 patients 65 years of age or older.  Study participants were asked about their use of aspirin as well as other possible risk factors known to contribute to macular degeneration.

The study concluded that frequent aspirin use appeared harmful for the aging macula and contributed to the onset of the eye disease macular degeneration.

Dr. de Jong indicated patients should not stop taking aspirin for cardiovascular disease but should look at other medications if it is used as a pain killer.  Others have expressed concerns over the study saying that while there is an association between aspirin use and macular degeneration there may be other factors not explored, including the reasons for taking the aspirin.

More research into aspirin use and macular degeneration is required before any definite link to the eye disease is known.

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