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Chlamydia infections of the eye and the use of copper sulphate for the symptomatic relief of trachoma

1 May 1990


Chlamydia trachomatis is responsible for two of the most prevalent infectious eye diseases in the world today, trachoma and inclusion conjunctivitis. Trachoma is still the leading cause of preventable blindness in the Third World and the incidence of inclusion conjunctivitis is on the in the industrialized world. Both ocular infections have been reviewed. This paper investigates a unique treatment regimen for the subjective symptoms of trachoma utilized in many practices in Southeast Asia. The data was gathered from one particular ophthalmological practice in Hong Kong. The procedure uses copper sulphate crystals 1n conjunction with conventional antibiotic therapy for patients with moderate to severe symptoms. For severe cases, topical dexamethasone is added to the treatment regimen. Ninety-one files of patients who underwent this mode of treatment were randomly selected from the Hong Kong practice and were described according to distribution of age, phase of treatment, and length of treatment. A survey of these patients revealed a significant percentage (75%) of satisfaction and relief of symptoms. We propose that copper sulphate should be considered for similar use with inclusion conjunctivitis to accelerate the relief of ocular symptomology.


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