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Date:12/2/2009

have been similar results with aspirin in other eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy.

"This also fits in with common clinical experience," he said.

However, Schwartz said he did not think that people should be taking aspirin to try to prevent AMD. The fact that aspirin had little or no effect on AMD is good news, he said.

"If you need to be on aspirin, you should take it and not worry about AMD," he said. "If you don't need to be on aspirin, you probably shouldn't take it."

Another report in Ophthalmology found that common cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins do not stop advanced AMD.

The study's lead researcher, Maureen G. Maguire, from the department of ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania, said in a prepared statement that the data "did not support a large effect for statins in decreasing advanced AMD risk in patients who already had large drusen in both eyes."

Drusen are whitish deposits, commonly found in the eyes of people over 60, that could be a sign of AMD. People who used statins were at slightly higher risk for developing advanced AMD than were non-users, she said.

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The U.S. National Eye Institute has more on age-related macular degeneration.



SOURCES: William G. Christen, Sc.D., O.D., epidemiologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and associate professor, medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Stephen G. Schwartz, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor, clinical ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami; December 2009, Ophthalmology
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