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Aspirin linked to macular degeneration

Age-related eye disorders and vision loss is reportedly more common in older people using aspirin regularly for over 10 years, according to new research.

The study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that people regularly taking aspirin for a decade were twice as likely to develop wet age-related macular degeneration as those not taking the medication.

Nearly a fifth of adults in the US take the drug on a regular basis for pain, arthritis and to prevent heart attacks and, while the findings of the study are concerning, lead author Barbara Klein insists that it does not mean people should stop taking it.

“There are a lot of people who take aspirin now for cardio-protective reasons,” said the professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

“Should this influence their taking this medicine to save their life? No, don’t stop.”

The National Institutes of Health says Macular degeneration is one of the main causes of vision loss among the over-60s and Klein believes more research is required to discover how aspirin may contribute to the eye disorder.

The disease affects the part of the eye that enables people to see fine details. It can lead to blindness and, although treatment can slow down the rate of vision loss, it is not capable of restoring sight.

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  • Dr. Michael Lange

    I don't recommend stopping aspirin therapy on patients at high risk for stroke or heart attack. I do however recommend adjusting their diet to consist of more dark green leafy vegetables , orange bell peppers and wild Alaskan salmon. There carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin are crucial for all macular degeneration patients . I also recommend doing DNA test to see if the patient needs zinc or zinc is bad for their retina. Without doing a DNA test for armd I recommend No Zinc!!

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