Ocular Injury from Tarantula Hairs

Yay, weil es noch nicht genug Arachnophobie auf der Welt gibt: Tarantelhaare im Auge sind offensichtlich eher unangenehm.

CASE REPORT: A 16-year-old male presented with a 6-week history of right ocular irritation that began after letting his pet tarantula crawl on his face. Slit-lamp examination of the right eye revealed the presence of approximately 16 dark foreign bodies that had the appearance of small hairs. The foreign bodies were removed from the nasal region of the right cornea using Jewelers forceps […]

Tarantula hairs have been reported to cause a number of medical issues in humans. It has been proposed that the hairs inflict injury initially through an acute inflammatory reaction followed by chronic granulomatous inflammation. Common presenting symptoms of ocular injury from tarantula hairs include conjunctival injection, foreign body sensation, periorbital facial rash, photophobia, and tearing.

A new thing to fear: getting tarantula hairs stuck in your eyes