New Study Links Daily Aspirin Use With Blindness
January 9, 2012
While many who take an aspirin daily to help ward off the risks of a heart attack believe they are doing themselves a favor, new research may prove the contrary. According to THV 11 News, a new study published in Ophthalmology has found that while taking Aspirin may reduce the risks of heart disease and strokes, it may increase the risk of developing macular degeneration–or blindness.
The study, which was conducted by the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, examined 4,691 patients, all of who were 65-years of age or older, from seven different locations across Europe. Data showed that 17.3 percent of those patients took Aspirin on a daily basis. What researchers found so disturbing was that the more Aspirin the patients took, there was a steady increase in both occurrence and severity of macular degeneration. One out of every four of the patients suffered from the condition.
When the patients who did not consume Aspirin daily were examined, researchers found that the number dropped in half. The study concluded that further studies on the topic are needed in order to confirm their findings.
The Arkansas drug injury lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton suggest talking with your doctor if you are taking Aspirin on a daily basis. They would also encourage contacting an attorney immediately if you suffer from macular degeneration and have taken a daily dose of Aspirin for an extended period of time.