International Trachoma Initiative
Trichiasis is the painful, advanced stage of trachoma. Scarring from repeated infections cause the eyelashes to turn inward and scratch the cornea, eventually resulting in blindness.
Endorsed by the World Health Organization, the surgery is a simple, cost-effective procedure that provides immediate, tangible relief from the painful and debilitating symptoms of trichiasis and prevents further progression to blindness. The surgery can be performed in fifteen minutes by trained health workers in any sanitary location - village health centers, classrooms, even under a tree - making it possible for people in the most remote areas to benefit from the procedure.