Women who smoke while pregnant are increasing their baby"s risk of suffering from eye problems, according to a recent study.
The investigation, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, added to a large amount of evidence showing that smoking while pregnant is detrimental to both mother and baby.
It was led by Dr Tobias Torp-Pedersen who, along with a team of researchers at the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark, found that expectant mothers who smoke enhance their baby"s chances of developing strabismus, a condition in which the eyes are unable to align evenly.
"We were able to show that each extra cigarette smoked per day during pregnancy exerted a five per cent increase in strabismus risk, which is a new finding," he said.
If followed research carried out by specialists in the US, who identified a portion of the virus which causes viral keratoconjunctivitis, also known as pink eye.
by Emily Tait