Trachoma, also known as sandy blight, is caused by a bacterium “Chlamydia Trachomati”. It is a highly infectious disease, which means that it can be transmitted through direct contact with the secretion of an infected eye or by contact with contaminated clothes, handkerchiefs or clothes. Trachoma affects approximately 400 million people worldwide each year, primarily in developing countries.
Symptoms appear two weeks after being exposed to the infection. They include cloudy cornea, inflammation of the tissue lining the eyelids, swollen eyelids, discharge from the infected eye, turned-in eyelashes and swelling of lymph nodes. If left untreated, trachoma may lead to the permanent redness of the white part of the eyes, new blood vessels growth in cornea, additional scars, eye ulcers and vision loss. In extreme cases, trachoma can result in blindness. About 8 million people worldwide are currently blind due to this disease. Trachoma can be treated with antibiotics. In certain cases, surgery of the eyelids can be performed to prevent long-term damage to cornea by turned-in lashes.
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