NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Smoking by pregnant women increases the risk of childbirth by 46 percent, one of the most common eye diseases in children, according to the latest scientific research.
According to the American medical site "HealthDayNews", smoking was associated with 10 cigarettes a day during pregnancy, increasing the child's risk by 79%.
In children with squint, the eyes are not properly aligned, which may contribute to the deterioration of the child's vision and mental problems when dealing with others.
"Smoking by mother during pregnancy is an important public health problem, especially in developed countries, and its impact on eye health deserves our attention," said Dr. Zukson, principal research fellow at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China.
Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of congenital malformations, rabbit's lips, cardiac abnormalities and premature delivery, as well as elevated blood sugar levels – the researchers said.