Does Aspirin Cause Vision Problems?

On January 4th, 2013 the Macular Degeneration Association (MDA) published an article on their website about the possible connection between aspirin consumption and AMD (age-related macular degeneration).

According to the MDA website: “AMD effects 2000 people each year causing problems with central vision, therefore making it difficult to drive, read and watch television due to the difficulty with focus.”

The vision problems are occurring in seniors, part of the population that suffers from both the wet and dry forms of macular degeneration. Wet AMD occurs as a result of the overgrowth of blood vessels in the eye which can result in a rapid and sudden loss of eyesight.

Aspirin Consumption and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Low-dose aspirin consumption helps thin the blood, which prevents the formation of blood clots and lessens the chance of heart attacks from occurring. One of the side effects associated with thinner blood is that it can lead to bruising and bleeding problems which is a problem in people suffering from the wet form of AMD.

However; the results are not conclusive. It could be that elderly people taking aspirin on a frequent basis are doing so to prevent a heart attack. Development of wet AMD may be linked to people with heart disease and not to people consuming aspirin.

Contact Your Doctor Before Starting a Low-Dose Aspirin Regimen

So, unless your doctor has prescribed a low-dose aspirin regimen to help with your heart problems, the average person should not ingest aspirin on a daily basis. People at risk of having a heart attack, or patients that have survived a heart attack, are often prescribed a low-dose aspirin regime by their doctors.

Never self medicate, even when it comes to non-prescription medication. Contact your doctor if you are thinking of taking aspirin on a daily basis. Unless you are at high risk for cardiovascular diseases, there is no benefit to taking a daily or twice daily low dose of aspirin.

Visit your local optometrist for a yearly eye exam and ask them about any concerns you are having with your eyesight. Board-certified Doctors of Optometry are available at all MyEyeLab stores.

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