Trachoma
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Trachoma is a chronic keratoconjunctivitis caused by four ocular serotypes A, B, Ba and C of organism Chlamydia trachomatis. It is a disease of underprivileged populations living in poor conditions of hygiene.

Active trachoma is most common in young children with the prevalence decreasing with age. Trachoma is a common infectious cause of blindness and is due to recurrent eye infection with Chlamydia trachomatis. The common house-fly is the major vector in perpetuating infection-reinfection cycle. Long-term sequlae of trachoma in adults relate to their exposure to active trachoma when they were young. Repeat infection by this organism leads to conjunctival inflammation, scarring, trichiasis and blinding corneal opacification.
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The latest survey conducted by Tra­choma Control Pilot Project-India (In­dian Council of Medical Research), have estimated that amongst a rural population of 355 million in the 15 states of the country, 19.9 million have impairment of vision of various de­grees, out of which 3.5 million are economically blind.

It has been recognized world over that trachoma is one of major causes of blindness specially in those coun­tries which are still under-developed. In India alone trachoma and associated infections account for 3.9 million with impaired vision including 0.57 million economically blind.

Trachoma and associated infections are preventable problems. It becomes painful when we realize that this has been allowed to disseminate, uncheck­ed and unattended making millions blind, rendering them helpless, social out-casts and economic burdens not only on the particular society but also on the community and the nation as a whole.
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Interviews
We plan to do einterviews with MBBS doctors to understand 4 things
1) Tests or questions you ask in first few meetings
2) What it means in medical terms
3) What it means in non medical terms
4) What should the patient or care takers do

We might interview Aurvedic doctors, homeopathic doctors, Yoga teachers on this health issue

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What is Trachoma?

Trachoma - a devastating infectious eye disease

High Yield Topic: Vernal Kerato Conjunctivitis & Trachoma
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