Daily Aspirin Use May Double Risk Of Wet Macular Degeneration.

07 Jan

Dr John Henahan - Peachtree City Optometrist - Spectrum Eyecare

At Spectrum Eyecare in Peachtree City, Dr. John Henahan is committed to reducing the number of people losing vision or becoming legally blind from macular degeneration (AMD). Please read this important information and discuss it with your doctor if your regularly take aspirin.

Discussing the new study, HealthDay (1/6, Mozes) reports, “Daily aspirin use among seniors may double their risk of developing” the “wet” form of “age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a significant cause of blindness in seniors,” according to a study published in the January issue of the journal Ophthalmology. In fact, “daily aspirin use was associated with the onset of late-stage” wet AMD, “and to a lesser degree, the onset of early ‘dry’ AMD — even after the researchers took into account age and a history of heart disease, which in itself is a risk factor for AMD.”

Specifically, “late-stage ‘wet’ AMD was 2.22 times more likely among daily aspirin users (95% CI 1.61 to 3.05) in a” study population of 4,691 European seniors, MedPage Today  (1/6, Phend) reports.

Medscape  (1/6, Keller) explains, “More frequent aspirin use was associated with more severe levels of AMD. One third of the individuals with wet AMD consumed aspirin daily compared with only 16% of control participants.” Medscape adds, “Limitations of the study include its cross-sectional and retrospective nature, with the possibility of recall error about aspirin use and possible confounders,” such as the fact that aspirin is found in many over-the-counter drugs that study participants might not have recognized as containing it. “In addition, there were no data on the doses of aspirin or the use of other antiplatelet or anticoagulant drugs” taken by study participants.

According to Dr. Henahan, the most recent data suggests a strong link between wet AMD and frequent Aspirin use.  “I do NOT recommend that anyone discontinue aspirin use without consulting their physician or cardiologist” says Dr. Henahan.  “The benefits of aspirin therapy must be balanced with the increased risk of wet AMD.  Consulting with your physician can help you decide what to do.”

If you or a loved one is concerned about the health of your eyes and live in the Peachtree City area, feel free to contact our office if you would like an appointment. You may also call us at 770-487-0667.

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