How Your Aspirin Therapy Can Affect Your Eyes

Thursday, September 1st, 2011, 4:49 pm

Many people are on an aspirin therapy for several reasons and as they age. However what do these lengthy therapies do to the rest of their body? Thinking of how this things can affect us ahead of time can help us understand what to do to help manage our health both with medication can with our conditions.  There are some recent studies that indicate that aspirin therapy can affect the eyes.

Varying Studies:

One study done in Australia conducted over 15 years showed that there was an increased risk of developing Age- related Macular Degeneration for those who are on an Aspirin therapy versus those who were not taking aspirin daily. The study followed 2,389 patients and showed 9.3% of patients using aspirin daily developed macular degeneration.  Only 3.7% of those who did not take aspirn daily developed macular degeneration. 

Another study done performed in 2005 following 30,000 patients showed that in those with a daily aspirin regimen of 100mg per day had a decreased risk of Choridal Neuvascularization in those who already suffer from Age-Related Macular Degeneration or AMD.

A study conducted in the spring of 2005 also showed an increased risk off gastrointestinal problems in women over 65 who were on an aspirin therapy. While there are many differences in how the aspirin therapy effects men and women, it showed that there were benefits and disadvantages of the daily use.  For instances, aspirin therapy has many cardiovascular benefits for men but was not as effective when it came to women. Also, aspirin therapy showed less instances of strokes in women, but little in men.

There are many benefits of using a daily regimen of aspirin and it should be up to you and your doctor whether or not the treatment is more beneficial to you. If you have a family history of macular degeneration discuss whether aspirin therapy is advisable.  



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