The eye disease known as “age-related macular degeneration” (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among people over age 60. The “wet” form of the disease, which is less common, is caused by leaking blood vessels in the eyes that lead to loss of central vision. The “dry” form is more common and less severe, but it also leads to visual impairment. With all this as background, it is notable that recent research suggests that seniors who take daily aspirin (most commonly to stave off heart disease) are twice as likely to have late-stage (“wet”) AMD as those not taking daily aspirin. Thus, the benefits of taking aspirin should be weighed against the potential adverse effect of vision loss. The study mentioned above noted no link between aspirin intake and the “dry” form of age-related macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) gradually destroys central vision, which is needed to see objects clearly and for tasks such as reading and driving. February is AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month.
Feb 03, 2012