Teaching patients in developing countries who have trachoma infections to pull out their eyelashes (epilation) can help prevent conjunctival scarring and blindness when surgery is not available or affordable, report researchers from Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Rajak SN et al. PLoS Med. 2011;8:e1001137).
Recurrent infections with Chlamydia trachomatis during childhood can lead to scarring and can cause the eyelids to roll inwards and the lashes to rub across the cornea, producing a painful condition called trachomatous trichiasis (TT) that can impair vision.
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