Chlamydia is a germ which infects
the genitals and sometimes the eyes and throat. In men it causes inflammation
of the urethra, and in women it affects the cervix.
Conjunctivitis is an infection of the conjunctiva
- the mucous membrane covering the sclera, the white part of the eye.
The infection is passed on through sexual
intercourse with an infected person or hand to eye contact with an infected
Signs and Symptoms in the
Usually only one eye is affected.
Your eye will become red and have a sticky
discharge - especially in the mornings.
You may also notice discharge or extra moisture
in the vagina because the infection can inflame the cervix. There
may be pain or stinging sensation when passing water. If left untreated,
chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. This can lead to infertility.
If you are pregnant, or trying to get pregnant,
Chlamydia can be passed on from a mother with an infection to a baby during
its birth. It can cause the baby to have an eye or lung infection.
You may also notice a burning or stinging
sensation when passing water as the chlamydia affects the urethra.
The nurse or doctor will take a swab from
your conjunctiva by wiping the inside of your lower lid firmly.
You will be given antibiotic eye ointment
to use frequently.
The doctor will refer you to your local Genito-Urinary
Medicine clinic* where further tests are carried out. These
include a urine sample test and possibly more swabs. The Genito-Urinary
Medicine clinic doctor will prescribe antibiotic tablets and ask you to
take them for 7 to 14 days.
* No appointment is necessary for the ‘walk