March 9, 2012
Aspirin is great for soothing headaches and is also recommended to lower the risk of heart attack in some patients. However, daily aspirin use may double a senior’s risk of developing the “wet” form of age-related macular degeneration, a debilitating eye disease. A European study published in the January issue of Ophthalmology noted that about one-third of those with wet AMD consumed aspirin daily, compared with 16 percent of those with no AMD.
While further research is required to explain the association, the findings could spell trouble for millions of seniors who are on an aspirin regimen for pain, inflammation and blood clot management. To read more about this study, click here.