Remember for a minute the last time you had something in your eye. It’s uncomfortable, a nuisance, whatever it might be, an eyelash or everyday dust. It’s all you can think about. You stop mid-conversation to excuse yourself, unable to carry on with your day.
Now imagine that feeling is constant. Every day from here on out, you will continually have that feeling. Your eyes will be watery, your vision compromised. For most of us, this sounds like a nightmare. For many people in the world, this is their daily reality. But it isn’t a piece of dust — it’s trachoma, a bacterial infection of the eye. Upon repeated infection, your eyelashes actually begin to turn inward and scrape your eye. Over time, this can leave you irreversibly blind. In fact, it’s the leading infectious cause of blindness in the world. [Read More]