Case ReportsTarantula KeratouveitisWatts, Patrick M.S., F.R.C.S., F.R.C.Ophth.; Mcpherson, Roger F.R.C.Ophth.; Hawksworth, Nick R. F.R.C.S., F.R.C.Ophth.Author Information From the Department of Ophthalmology (P.W., N.R.H.), East Glamorgan General Hospital, Church Village, Mid Glamorgan; and the Department of Ophthalmology (R.M.), Singleton Hospital, Swansea, U.K. Submitted August 11, 1999. Accepted September 30, 1999. Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. P. Watts, 58 Crystal Wood Road, Cardiff CF14 4HW, Wales, U.K. Cornea: May 2000 - Volume 19 - Issue 3 - p 393-394 Buy Abstract Purpose. To report a case of chronic bilateral keratouveitis, which was initiated after contact with a pet tarantula. Methods. A 16-year-old male presented with a photophobia and redness of his eyes two days after handling a tarantula. He was found to have a number of linear corneal foreign bodies with subepithelial infiltrates. The infiltrates were found at varying levels of the corneal stroma with deposits on the endothelium. The anterior chamber had a mild cellular reaction. Results. He was treated with topical steroid drops, which made him asymptomatic. However, he continued to have a mild persistent keratitis and iritis four months after the onset. Conclusion. Tarantula hairs may be associated with a chronic keratouveitis, which is usually selflimiting and responds well to treatment with topical steroids. Tarantula pet owners should be forewarned of the ocular dangers associated with handling these spiders. © 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.