The conjunctiva is the clear, thin tissue that lines the inside of your eyelids and covers the white of your eye.
Trachoma is a particular type of bacterial infection of the conjunctiva.
Trachoma is caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis
If it isn’t treated, you can lose your vision
Trachoma is the most common preventable cause of blindness in the world
Trachoma happens mostly to young children who live in dry, hot countries in North Africa, the Middle East, India, Australia, and Southeast Asia
Trachoma spreads easily by touching the eye or hands of an infected person, by flies, or by sharing infected objects, such as towels
Doctors treat trachoma with antibiotics
Trachoma is caused by a type of bacteria, Chlamydia trachomatis. The disease spreads easily by:
The bacteria is related to the type of chlamydia that cause sexually transmitted disease, but trachoma isn't spread sexually.
Usually both your eyes are affected. Early symptoms include:
After awhile, trachoma gradually starts to affect your cornea. The cornea is the clear part of your eye that you see through. It is in front, over the colored part of your eye (the iris). When your cornea is affected by trachoma, you have:
To prevent spreading trachoma, doctors will tell you to:
If many people who live near you have trachoma, doctors will give antibiotics to everyone in your neighborhood.