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There's a new medical warning for seniors need to know about new findings show that taking a daily dose of aspirin might lead to vision loss doctor Cathleen London assistant professor Weil corner medical college here in New York good morning to you -- doctor first the study concluded what it.
Well we have -- -- it said that basically twice as many people had a wet form of macular degeneration which is an advanced form of that disease.
Then those who didn't take aspirin however this was an observational study they gave out questionnaires to about 4700.
Of those people took aspirin every day.
So we went from about a normal rate of about two out of a hundred people having that -- that -- -- generation to four.
Very small numbers however.
If you're on an aspirin a day.
Please He should be anyway get your eyes examined it didn't seem to increase the early forms -- the dry form of the disease which is the more common market before I get back to -- generation again there are millions and millions of seniors.
People fifty years older and older not even in their senior years yet who take an aspirin every day to help them with the potential for heart problem.
Correct what are they gonna take away from this so you should be getting your eyes examined and that something should be doing anyway don't stop taking it especially if you have increased risk factors if you high blood pressure high cholesterol if you had a heart -- certainly not because your chances of dying from heart disease are way above you know.
The reason that the wet form of the condition is more rare correct currents presented to resume -- -- high and dry eyes and we're out of your producing enough -- now wet packed into generation -- to do with the blood vessels -- and so theoretically aspirin because it it inhibits platelet.
Could increase that.
There's a lot of questions here this is not cause of the study it's an observation only just -- to the seat that people who -- -- had an increased incidents parentage and the study came from the Netherlands it's correct they looked at Europeans say -- they were looking at a pretty cross cultural Spanish Greek Italian French -- -- So similar to the -- -- -- a lot of times when when we look at these studies though we have to look at the surveys.
No large enough sample does -- the ones were taking aspirin out of the 4700.
So it still humid it's still a small -- delayed thirty nonsense to me is something that I be recommending.
Anyway in terms of preventative care which is everybody should get an -- exam.
You should be getting checked for glaucoma they should be looking at your -- to see if you have early signs of macular degeneration.
There's things like antioxidants that can help prevent that -- -- But as -- doctor your advice is keep taking -- explains he's taking -- aspirin thank you doctor Cathleen London here in New York thanks.
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