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Trachoma

Trachoma - Written by Dr. Michael Dejene Bejiga, MD, MPH, MSc. What is trachoma? Trachoma is a disease of the eye and is the leading infectious cause of avoidable blindness. [1,2] It is caused by infection with a certain strain of bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatus and is transmitted by direct...

Ocular Toxoplasmosis

Ocular toxoplasmosis - Written by Associate Professor Lauren Ayton, B Optom, PhD, FAAO, FACO. What is toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis is a condition that develops after infection by the toxoplasma gondii parasite. Ocular toxoplasmosis is the term for the effects in the eye of a toxoplasma gondii infection. This parasite is one...

Episcleritis

Episcleritis - Written by Dr. Jia Hui Lee, MBBS (Hons) and A/Prof Elaine Chong, MBBS MEpi PhD Melb, FAMS, FRANZCO. What is episcleritis? Episcleritis refers to inflammation of the episclera, which is a very thin layer of clear tissue that sits between the white part of the eye (the sclera,...

Scleritis

Scleritis - Written by Dr. Jia Hui Lee, MBBS (Hons) and A/Prof Elaine Chong, MBBS MEpi PhD Melb, FAMS, FRANZCO. What is scleritis? Scleritis refers to inflammation of the sclera, the white part of the eye that lies beneath two thin layers of clear tissue (the conjunctiva and episclera). When...

Microbial Keratitis

Microbial keratitis - Written by Dr. Danielle Cadieux, MBBS, MHPE and Dr. Elsie Chan, B.Sc(Med) Hons, MBBS(Hons), MPH, FRANZCO. What is microbial keratitis? Microbial keratitis is an infection of the cornea (clear front dome of the eye that focuses light entering the eye). It is a sight-threatening condition caused by...

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