Aspirin use linked to macular degeneration

A new study undertaken by Gerald Liew, Ph.D. of the University of Sydney and colleagues looked at whether regular aspirin use was associated with a higher risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of blindness in older people.

The study found that regular aspirin use, defined as taking one or more aspirin per week for the past year, significantly increased participants’ risk of AMD. The risk appeared to be independent of a history of cardiovascular disease and smoking.

The study included 2,389 participants, 10.8 per cent of whom were regular aspirin users. The participants attended four examinations over a fifteen year period, and the results were as follows:


Per cent of participants who developed AMD in nonregular aspirin users

Per cent of participants who developed AMD in regular aspirin users

5 years

0.8 per cent

1.9 per cent

10 years

1.6 per cent

7 per cent

15 years

3.7 per cent

9.3 per cent

Aspirin is, however, a known preventative for heart disease and stroke, so it is important not to alter or cease any medication you may be on without first consulting your GP or health practitioner.

To find out more you can read the article Regular aspirin use linked to increased risk of age-related macular degeneration at the Science Daily website.