Disease and bacteria. Tachoma is an infection of the eye caused by the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis.
Similar. Chlamydia trachomatis is the causative agent in conjunctivitis or eye infection in babies. What happens is the mom has chlamydia and when the baby is delivered the infection gets into the eye of the baby. We give antibiotic ointment to prevent that, so it's pretty rare these days.
Yes. It can be spread by touch like other forms of conjunctivitis, but most people get it from exposure to genital liquids.
Yes. Oral antibiotics, such as doxycycline, are often used. Eye drops are not effective for this disorder. Treating the genital infection will also treat the eye infection.
Yes. Chlamydial conjunctivitis should be treated systemically just like a genital chlamydial infection as they are often associated so systemic therapy is indicated.
Yes. Oral doxycycline.
In infants it differ. We use the macrolaid antibiotics, Erythromycin or Azithromycin to treat infants that have picked it up from their mother at birth. Adults have a wider selection of meds, some of which are not used in kids.