Taking Aspirin May Cause Loss Of Vision

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A new European study has reported that people, who in general take aspirin at a daily basis have a strong chance to have an age related loss of vision or the late stage macular degeneration. Dr. Paulus de Jong at the Netherland Institute for Neuroscience and Academy Medical Center and his researcher team collected the health and lifestyle data of 4700 people aged over 65 years. The study was published in the Journal Ophthalmology. It showed that out of 839 people, who took aspirin daily, 36 people were in an advanced form of macular degeneration.

Doctors say that the leaking blood vessels, which cause the wetness to eye lead to vision loss. But the dry form of macular degeneration is most common. These two macular degenerations jointly is the leading cause of vision loss of people aged 60 years and above. William Christen of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston suggested that aspirin should not be prescribed for people having the macular degeneration.

The study reported that the use of aspirin was not related to the dry form of the macular degeneration or to the earlier stages of it. William Christen commented that the affect of aspirin might be more different in the early stages of macular degeneration that is related to age, than in the late stages.

Aspirins are generally recommended for preventing the cardiovascular disease. Dr. Paulus said that there is controversy whether there is a connection between the cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration. He wrote in an email that his team is trying very hard to find out whether cardiovascular disease affected the macular degeneration and the people having cardiovascular disease is more likely to suffer from the age related macular degeneration. Paulus said that it’s a good idea to warn the people who take aspirin not to take it because it decreases vision capacity.