Aspirin use linked to vision loss
Taking an aspirin every day is supposed to be good for your heart, right? Though this may be true, that pill may be causing age-related macular degeneration, a disease that causes progressive loss of vision. In a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, daily aspirin use among people over the age of 60 increased the risk of macular degeneration by more than 20 percent.
Currently, 19.3 percent of adults regularly consume aspirin, according to the report. Though there are benefits, the study of nearly 5,000 people found that popping the pill more than twice a week for months at a time could, in fact, be causing damage to the retina, leading to vision loss.
The researchers identified a "statistically significant" link between aspirin and macular degeneration, and acknowledged that this study should serve as a jumping-off point for future studies on preventing the condition.