WESTERN OPHTHALMIC HOSPITAL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY WESTERN OPHTHALMIC HOSPITAL / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Close-up photograph of the eye showing acute chlamydial conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the delicate mucous membrane covering the front of the eye & the insides of the eyelids, due to the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. The conjunctiva becomes red, swollen & may discharge water or pus. Chlamydial conjunctivitis usually occurs as a secondary cross-infection from a primary genital infection. Treatment is with tetracycline antibiotics.
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