Aspirin, the So-Called Wonder Drug, Ups the Risks of Blindness

Those taking aspirin on a regular basis can lose their eyesight, study finds

By on January 22nd, 2013 14:59 GMT

According to a new research carried out by scientists working with the University of Sydney, aspirin is far from being the wonder drug most people consider it to be.

To cut a long story short, it seems that a weekly dose of aspirin is more than enough for a person to witness an increase in their risk of going blind once they reach old age, sources report.

More precisely, those taking this wonder drug on a regular basis are twice more likely than other people to eventually develop AMD (i.e. age-related macular degeneration), a condition that involves a loss of vision in the center of the visual field because of damage to the retina.

As the study explains, “Regular aspirin use was significantly associated with an increased incidence of neovascular ADM.”

Still, the specialists who looked into this issue maintain that those who rely on aspirin to keep various medical conditions under control should pay their doctor a visit prior to their entirely giving up on this drug.

“Medicines can play a life saving role for people with heart disease as well as some people who are at high risk of heart disease, so it's vital to take drugs regularly as prescribed by your doctor,” they said.

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