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Study Links Aspirin With Macular Degeneration

Last updated on Wednesday, October 5, 2011

(INDIANAPOLIS) - A new study from the Netherlands found seniors who take aspirin may be more prone to macular degeneration, an age-related loss of vision.

The study found that seniors who take aspirin daily are twice as likely to have late stage macular degeneration.

However, Indianapolis' St. Vincent Ophthalmologist Dr. Frank Price says the study is not conclusive and he would not advise seniors on an aspirin regimen to stop taking the pain reliever.

He says the 90% of people with macular degeneration have the "dry" form and aspirin should not affect their eyesight. But the 10% with "wet" macular degeneration, which includes abnormal blood vessels, could see more bleeding. Dr. Price says seniors should check with their doctors about any concerns about over the counter medication.

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