NCBI ROFL: Note to self: keep "squashed spider contents" out of eyes.

By ncbi rofl | September 26, 2012 7:00 pm

Acute conjunctival inflammation following contact with squashed spider contents.

“PURPOSE: To report the effects to the eye following contact with spider contents. DESIGN: Observational case report. METHODS: A 46-year-old man presented with a painful and inflamed eye after contents of a spider got into his right eye when he squashed the spider with a newspaper. He suffered immediate severe pain in the eye, which rapidly became red and swollen. He had conjunctival edema and periorbital swelling of the eye and severe photophobia, but his vision was normal. RESULTS: Topical local anesthetic was applied to the right eye, which was then flushed with normal saline for an hour. The redness and swelling began to resolve over 2 hours. CONCLUSIONS: Ocular exposure to the contents of a spider can cause severe pain, swelling, and redness associated with photophobia. The effects are short term, so reassurance, irrigation, and symptomatic treatment are sufficient.”

via io9 via Improbable Research
Photo: flickr/tolomea

Related content:
Discoblog: NCBI ROFL: It was as big as my head, I swear! Biased spider size estimation in spider phobia.
Discoblog: NCBI ROFL: How rastafarians can help cure arachnophobia.
Discoblog: NCBI ROFL: Hard core spiders fight better after self-castration.

NCBI ROFL. Real articles. Funny subjects.
Read our FAQ!

  • William Post

    Good to know. Now we need a study telling people pain is caused when one chops jalapeno peppers and then later remove ones’ contacts lenses.


Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!


Quirky, funny, and surprising science news from the edge of the known universe.

About ncbi rofl

NCBI ROFL is the brainchild of two Molecular and Cell Biology graduate students at UC Berkeley and features real research articles from the PubMed database (which is housed by the National Center for Biotechnology information, aka NCBI) that they find amusing (ROFL is a commonly-used internet acronym for "rolling on the floor, laughing"). Follow us on twitter: @ncbirofl


See More

Collapse bottom bar