Eye Checkup, Trachoma Concern: Antibiotics Necessary?

Eye Checkup, Trachoma Concern: Antibiotics Necessary?
Published on, 28 June, 2023. Answered by Dr. Fajar Prasetya and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I went to get my eyes checked. The doctor examined my eyes using a contact tonometer that touched the surface of my eye. I suspect the patient before me had a severe stage of trachoma infection. I am afraid I might have contracted the infection from the tonometer. It has been two years since that incident, and I have had no issues with my eyes. My vision is perfect. However, should I take antibiotics or get myself checked?

Answered by Dr. Fajar Prasetya


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Well, it has been 2 years, and based on the information you provided, there were no issues with your eyes, and your vision is perfect. Therefore, you should not be worried. The contact tonometer is a semi-invasive tool used to measure ocular pressure, typically for suspected glaucoma. It is a routine examination, and before the doctor checks your eyes with that tool, they will use antiseptics to disinfect the tonometer before it touches your cornea. Trachoma itself is indeed infectious, but simple hygiene practices and antiseptic application can help prevent the spread of chlamydia trachomatis, and your immune system will also fight the infection. No antibiotics are needed, sir/madam, and you should not worry. Best regards. As long as you have no blurry vision, redness in your eyes, pain, or excessive glare when looking at bright objects, everything is fine.



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