Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Doctors Find Four Live Bees Feeding On Tears Inside Woman's Eye

Doctors Find Four Live Bees Feeding On Tears Inside Woman's Eye

When He visited the hospital the next morning, Dr Hung suspected she had an infection, but discovered the tiny legs of the bees wriggling in her tear ducts when inspected under through a microscope.

Taiwanese news agency CTS says the woman sought medical assistance for a swollen left eye a few hours after she felt something enter her eye while she was tending to a relative's grave.

But nope. It was bees.

Because it felt like dirt or sand in her eye, the woman said she tried to flush it out with water but was unsuccessful. Again, no, it was bees.

The bees were sweat bees or halictidae, small insects that, in addition to nectar and pollen, also feed off human sweat and tears.

Be warned: the photo below is not for the faint of heart.

The pictures of the 3-millimeter-long bees inside the woman's eye have now gone viral on social media.

They have one of the least painful stings of all stinging insects and can be found all around the world.

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Sweat bees are attracted to human perspiration.

Dr Hong added that Ms He was "lucky" that she did not rub her eyes while the bees were inside.

The woman had been weeding a family grave site, just the kind of place where these sweat bees nest, according to the doctor who treated her.

But when the woman, identified by her surname He, received treatment at Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan, doctors didn't find a bacterial infection.

Dr. Hong grabbed the leg and slowly pulled one insect out. "I was squatting down and pulling out weeds", she said, according to Business Insider.

"Thankfully she came to the hospital early, otherwise I might have had to take her eyeball out to save her life".

Ms He recovered 80% of her vision after being hospitalised for five days.

"This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this", the doctor said.

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