Trachoma infection is a treatable eye disorder caused by recurrent infections with ocular strains of the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis, which causes roughening of the inner surface of the eyelid. Trachoma is contagious, transmitted through contact with infected individuals’ noses, eyelids, eyes, or throat fluids. Your eyelids and eyes may initially experience considerable pain and irritation. You may then see puffy eyelids and fluid pouring from your eyes. Trachoma may cause blindness if left untreated.
Furthermore, Trachoma infection is particularly common in impoverished areas of Africa. In areas where trachoma is prevalent, rates of infection among younger children may reach 60 percent or more.