Regular aspirin use may increase your risk of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Aspirin is one of the most widely used over-the-counter medications that is an effective remedy for headaches, body aches, fever and even people at high risk of heart attack due to atherosclerosis use daily aspirin therapy as a preventative measure, thanks to aspirin’s anticoagulant properties.
In the Beaver Dam Eye Study researchers found that regular aspirin use 10 years prior to eye examination was associated with late AMD, with estimated incidence of 1.76 percent, compared to 1.03 percent in non-aspirin users. While seemingly small, the researchers concluded that these associations were statistically significant. More importantly, use of aspirin 10 years prior to eye examination was significantly associated with the “wet” form of AMD, which accounts for 10 percent of all AMD cases, but is responsible for the majority of catastrophic vision loss from AMD.
In another Australian study, participants completed a detailed questionnaire that assessed aspirin use, heart disease status and AMD risk factors. After analyzing data, regular aspirin users developed wet AMD-an astounding 24.5 percent. Even after adjusting for other risk factors like age, sex, smoking, history of heart disease and body mass index, regular aspirin users still had a higher risk of developing wet AMD. The Australian researchers concluded, “Regular aspirin use is associated with increased risk of incident neovascular [Wet] AMD, independent of history of cardiovascular disease and smoking.”
If you’re a regular aspirin user, you should get a thorough eye exam as soon as possible to determine your AMD status. This is extremely important because AMD often doesn’t show any symptoms until well after the condition has taken hold. If you or someone you know has questions or needs an eye exam, please feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination by calling 845-454-1025 , visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.
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