TRACHOMA or granulated lids, is a contagious disease of the eyelids characterized by swollen lids and reddened conjunctiva or lining of the lids, which, when they have existed some time, result in discharges which can infect the other eye or the eyes of other persons by means of towels, hands, etc. Small sago grain bodies appear on the inner portion of the lids. These multiply, the lids become thickened and then changes occur, leaving scars which distort the lids and impair the vision. The disease is one of long duration, though recovery is fairly common if proper treatment is persisted in.
Treatment. It is absolutely necessary that an eye doctor should be put in charge of the ca se owing to the danger to the sight and the contagiousness of the disease, yet a mild lotion of a two per cent solution of boracic acid may be used several times daily in the acute stages, but the eye is very delicate and great care must be taken in its treatment.
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