STIs in the Eyes – Round 1, Chlamydia

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Course Description

Chlamydia is the most frequently reported sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Often asymptomatic, however, symptoms do occur when manifested as conjunctivitis. Chlamydia trachomatis can manifest in ocular tissue in three forms; trachoma, neonatal inclusion conjunctivitis, and adult inclusion conjunctivitis. Trachoma is the number one cause of infectious vision loss worldwide. Neonatal inclusion conjunctivitis can be spread vertically from mother to child during vaginal birth and can evolve systemically into pneumonia. Screening, diagnosis, and treatment are discussed. This course is presented by both an optometrist and registered nurse; highlighting interprofessional collaboration and improved patient care.

Intended Audience

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Optometrists

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, healthcare providers will be able to:

  • Describe manifestations of the 3 chlamydial infections of the eye: trachoma, neonatal inclusion conjunctivitis, and adult inclusion conjunctivitis.
  • Summarize the SAFE strategy to prevent trachoma.
  • Connect CDC prenatal chlamydial screening recommendations to neonatal inclusion conjunctivitis prevention.
  • Articulate when and how to gather sexual health history while managing a patient with red eye complaints.
  • Contrast the 3 antibiotics indicated on the CDC’s current STI treatment guidelines.
  • Describe how interprofessional collaboration can assist with prevention, screening, diagnosis, and management of chlamydial eye infections.
Credit/Contact Hours
Pharmacotherapy Hours
  • Erika Anderson, OD, FAAO
    Staff Optometrist / Independent Contractor, Eye Associates of New Mexico
  • Grace Murphy, MSN/MPH, RN
    Lecturer I, University of New Mexico College of Nursing
Development Team
  • Trisha Moreno
  • English
Release Date
March 13, 2024
Expiration Date
March 13, 2027
Instructional Methods
  • Assessment Review with Rationale
  • Case Studies
  • Ungraded Self Assessment-Lesson Recall
  • Video Narration
  • Autograded and Quiz Retakes Allowed
  • Daily CE Broker Reporting for Registered Boards
  • Graded Final Quiz
  • Passing 80%+
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