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Frequent Aspirin Use Associated With Increased Risk Of Developing Macular Degeneration

October 14, 2011

In a large European study in seven centers throughout Europe, nearly 4,700 people, age 65 and older, were interviewed using a structured questionnaire concerning the frequency of their aspirin use. 

After researchers accounted for factors known to increase the risk of this eye disease, such as smoking, it was determined that people who used aspirin regularly were twice as likely to develop macular degeneration as those who didn't.

The researchers note that further studies are required to determine the exact association between aspirin use and its role in the development of macular degeneration.

Dr. Paulus de Jong from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and Academic Medical Center led the study, which was published in the journal Ophthalmology.

People who regularly take aspirin may want to discuss this study with their physicians. 

Adapted from the Journal Ophthalmology.

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