Aspirin helps eye disease showed neuroscientists
People forced to take aspirin to prevent heart disease, twice the risk of vision loss with age than others, RBC reports. It is learned team of doctors from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam.
Researchers led by Dr. Paulus de Jong have collected data on the health and lifestyles of 4,700 people over 65 years old from Norway, Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Estonia. 839 study participants were taking aspirin daily. In 39 of them the researchers found severe eye disease – wet macular degeneration.
Macula or yellow spot – it is the center of the retina. It focused photoreceptors. That macula, not the entire retina, provides a clear color vision, can read, distinguish colors and faces. Age-related macular degeneration – a disease in which the nerve cells die macula. In wet form of the disease of the vessels liquid detaches from the underlying nerve cell membranes. This place is bleeding, there is swelling, and then formed a scar.
The disease usually affects both eyes at once, and is a cause of irreversible vision loss. Moreover, most of the women suffer from macular degeneration. Dry macular degeneration is more common. She is not as dangerous as it is wet, but also can lead to vision loss.
Aspirin is one of the most common means of prevention of cardiovascular diseases. But at the same time, it hurts my eyes. According to Paulus de Jong, the benefits still outweigh the harm of aspirin from him, but at the time of the drug dosage must be strictly observed.
Evidence does not support that aspirin itself causes loss of vision. However, it can exacerbate existing disease, say the results of a study published in Opthalmology. It is noted that aspirin promotes the progression of wet macular degeneration only and has no effect on the dry form of the disease. Now scientists want to find out how often patients take aspirin, and carefully examine its role in the development of wet macular degeneration.