Children of mums who smoked during pregnancy at higher risk of developing strabismus

Researchers have examined the impact of mothers smoking on the eye health of their children


New research has highlighted the eye health risks to unborn children of mothers smoking during pregnancy.

A meta-analysis of 11 studies published in Acta Ophthalmologica found that the children of mothers who smoked during pregnancy had a 46% higher risk of developing strabismus.

Mothers who smoked 10 or more cigarettes per day had a 79% higher risk of their children developing strabismus than mothers who did not smoke during pregnancy.

Senior author, Dr Zuxun Lu, of Huazhong University in China, emphasised that maternal smoking during pregnancy is an important public health problem.

“Its effect on offspring eye health deserves our attention," Dr Lu said.

The authors highlighted that previous studies have connected strabismus with premature delivery and low birthweight.