Spiderman's eye

  title={Spiderman's eye},
  author={Jonathan H. Norris and Zia Iqbal Carrim and Andrew J Morrell},
  journal={The Lancet},
In February, 2009, a 29-year-old man was referred by his general practitioner to our eye casualty with a 3-week history of a red, watery, and photophobic right eye. He had been treated with antibiotic ointment for a presumed conjunctivitis. His Snellen visual acuity in the right eye was reduced to 6/9, whereas his left eye achieved 6/4. On a low-power, slit-lamp examination of the right anterior segment, he had diff use conjunctival injection as well as multiple corneal subepithelial infi… 
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