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what are the treatments for river blindness

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
49 years experience Infectious Disease
Not often at all: Onchocerciasis does not lead to death.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Not directly: While onchocerciasis can cause blindness due to obstruction of retinal vessels by the parasite but not direct death, the blind in third world countrie ... Read More

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Davis
16 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: There are many viruses that can lead to blindess such as herpes simplex, herpes zoster or cytomegalovirus (almost exclusively associated with hiv).
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
#1 cause: Trachoma: The leading cause of infectious blindness in the world is trachoma. It is caused by a bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
27 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Transmission is mediated by blackflies as vectors. Check cdc.gov for further information.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deepak Raja
18 years experience Ophthalmology
I don't think so: If i had onchocerciasis, i would opt for oral Ivermectin or possibly doxycycline. I wouldn't bank on saline/alcohol baths doing the trick.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
34 years experience Ophthalmology
No: Onchoceriasis, or River Blindness, is caused by a parasite that is treated with antibiotics. Baths have no role in the treatment.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ari Weitzner
33 years experience Ophthalmology
Yeesh: Too vague.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
None: Most color deficiency is inherited and suggested means such as a red contact lens over one eye merely shift the axis of color confusion to another pat ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Generally none: Cortical blindness results from failure of the brain interconnections to the visual cortex to develop, or damage directly to the cortex from injury an ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Notaroberto
29 years experience Ophthalmology
Broad question: There are several treatments for legal blindness dependent on the cause. If it is due to corneal disease, then risks are low. If due to retinal etiolo ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dieck
38 years experience Ophthalmology
Find cause: "Night Blindness" can arise from poorly corrected vision, easily fixed with glasses to degenerative retinal disease and everything in between. Catara ... Read More

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