The risks for both early age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD) and wet late AMD are associated with frequent aspirin use, and the risk increases with greater aspirin consumption.
The results are from a large European study published this month in Ophthalmology. When adjusted for age, sex, education, smoking, body mass index, diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol and blood pressure, daily aspirin users had a greater than two-fold increased risk for wet macular degeneration.
The study suggests caution in aspirin use to patients with both types of AMD, who may take aspirin for other conditions, such as heart disease.
Michael Starrels, MD