A recent, long-term study points to a possible link between vasodilators and beta blockers and the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine conducted a 25-year study, which included t 5,000 adults who were between the ages of 43 and 86. Eye exams were conducted every 5 years over a 20-year period and the researchers checked the AMD status by using retinal photographs. Results showed that study participants who used any kind of vasodilator resulted in a 72% increased risk of developing early-stage AMD. In addition, participants who took beta blockers for the blood pressure had a 71% greater risk of developing the wet form of AMD. Researchers stress that additional clinical studies need to be conducted to confirm these findings and any course of treatment for blood pressure needs to be discussed with your health care provider.*
Could blood pressure meds raise risk of developing AMD?
- by Dr. Paul Krawitz
- 18 July, 2014