In a sampling of people 65 and older, researchers found a link between low-dose daily aspirin therapy and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a serious eye disease. In their study, people who took daily aspirin were twice as likely to develop late-stage wet AMD than people who took aspirin less often. However, a direct cause-and-effect relationship couldn't be established between aspirin and AMD.
It's likely that the results reflect a propensity for AMD due to an underlying inflammatory process that's already been established in heart disease patients. The researchers say the link is worth noting but advise doctors not to discontinue aspirin among patients, at least until further research is conducted.
Source: Ophthalmology, online 1/12; Prepared by the Editors of The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50