Smoking when pregnant "increases eye disease risk"

Smoking when pregnant "increases eye disease risk"

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

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