This article may add some balance to the Aspirin controversy. The original study by Dr. Klein showed a slight increase for advanced AMD patients.
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The practical explanation of Dr. Klein’s observations is simple: most of the people taking aspirin regularly are also those most at risk for macular degeneration. Without a large prospective study involving thousands of people and lasting decades, we may never understand the link any better than that.
The bottom line is this: if you do not have macular degeneration, taking aspirin is not a concern; if you need aspirin for your heart disease, take it; and if you have both heart disease and macular degeneration, make certain you take the recommended eye vitamins, then weigh the advantages of aspirin therapy for your heart against the small chance that it can accelerate your AMD.
Michael Richie, M.D., is an ophthalmologist at Richie Eye Clinic in Faribault. He may be reached at 332-9900.