Frequent Aspirin Use Linked to High Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

European researchers found frequent aspirin use increases risk of early age-related macular degeneration and more frequent aspirin use further increases risk, according to findings published in Ophthalmology.

Using data from 4691 participants age 65 and older from the European Eye Study, researchers determined overall risk of AMD and aspirin-related risk. They found AMD was present in 36.4 percent of all participants and late AMD was present in 3.3 percent. Monthly aspirin use was reported by 41.2 percent, weekly aspirin use by 7 percent and daily use by 17.3 percent. Odds ratios were increased for aspirin users: 1.26 for grade 1 disease, 1.42 for grade 2 and 2.22 for wet late AMD.

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