Methadone Mums Likely to Produce Babies With Eye Defects

by VR Sreeraman on  March 1, 2010 at 3:18 PM Women Health News
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 Methadone Mums Likely to Produce Babies With Eye Defects
In a new study, medical experts found that babies born to mothers who had taken methadone during pregnancy developed a range of visual problems.
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The research, carried out by doctors at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill and Princess Royal Maternity, found that the mothers of all 20 infants referred to a specialist clinic for vision defects had taken opiates during pregnancy, reports the Scotsman.

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This study is the first major investigation into how the use of opiates during pregnancy affects the development of vision in babies.

The problems included blurred vision, nystagmus (rapid and involuntary eye movement from side to side), squints, short-sightedness and cerebral visual impairment - signs that the brain as not processing the signals from the eyes correctly.

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