Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the clear membrane that lines the inside of the eyelids and covers the white of the eye.
Chlamydia are a kind of bacteria.
Chlamydia can be spread by body fluids. This includes:
Also, a mother who has chlamydia can give this disease to her baby at birth as the baby passes through the birth canal.
Eye problems caused by chlamydia in adults usually develop slowly. Symptoms may include:
Usually there is no change in vision and no pain.
In a newborn, the symptoms may be eye redness and watery discharge that begin when the baby is 5 to 7 days old.
Your eye care provider will examine your eyes. You may have inflammation, bumps, or scar tissue inside your eyelid. Your provider may send scrapings from the underside of your eyelid to a lab to identify the organism causing your symptoms.
You will need two forms of antibiotics:
Follow your provider's instructions carefully. You may need to have tests for other sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, or HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). Also, your sexual partner must be treated for chlamydia with antibiotics.
Treatment for a newborn is antibiotic ointment and IV antibiotics. Early treatment can prevent serious problems. Chlamydia can cause blindness or severe lung infections in newborns.
You may have only mild symptoms for weeks or months. Usually you will get better after taking the antibiotics for 3 to 4 weeks.