Smoking during pregnancy may lead to childhood eye condition

November 7, 2018, Wiley
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In an Acta Ophthalmologica analysis of 11 relevant articles, maternal smoking during pregnancy was associated with a 46 percent increased risk that offspring will develop strabismus—one of the most prevalent eye-related diseases among children. Maternal smoking of ?10 cigarettes per day during pregnancy was linked with a 79 percent increased risk of strabismus in offspring.

In children with strabismus, the eyes do not properly align with each other. This can contribute to and emotional problems.

"Maternal smoking during pregnancy is an important public health problem, particularly in developed countries, and its effect on offspring eye health deserves our attention," said senior author Dr. Zuxun Lu, of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, in China.

Explore further: Exposure to smoking before and after birth linked to hearing impairment in toddlers

More information: Yudi Yang et al, Maternal smoking during pregnancy and the risk of strabismus in offspring: a meta-analysis, Acta Ophthalmologica (2018). DOI: 10.1111/aos.13953

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