A study conducted by researchers in Australia and published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that regular aspirin use increases the risk of vision loss as a person ages. The study was conducted on 2,400 men and women and the results suggest that people who regularly took in aspirin are more likely to suffer from macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is a disease that often strikes older adults resulting to loss of vision in the center of the visual field due to retinal damage. The wet form of this disease is responsible for 10% to 15% of reported cases but it progresses quickly and is more likely to result in permanent vision loss than the dry form.
Dr. Sanjay Kaul and Dr. George Diamond of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles however said that “the evidence is insufficient to adjudicate the relationship between aspirin and [age-related macular degeneration], thereby challenging causal inferences.”
The study was conducted at the University of Sydney by Jie Jin Wang and colleagues. A total of 2,389 Australians 49 years old and above became the test subjects. Examinations of the retina were done every five years. Follow-ups were done for the entire 15 years.
This isn’t the first study done linking Aspiring with vision loss. Last year a European study was also published stating that regular aspirin users are more likely to develop vision related diseases. Before this, two studies were also conducted which found no link between aspirin and vision loss.
Since there are conflicting reports on this it is best to wait for a more conclusive proof. Until then, the decision to use aspirin is balancing its risk against its benefits.