Doctors reportedly find four bees living in woman's eye

Doctors discover four live bees feeding on tears inside woman's eye

Doctors treating a Taiwanese woman with an eye infection was surprised when they found four bees embedded in her eye, feeding from her tear ducts, according to a report by Taiwanese news channel CTS.

Hospital's head of ophthalmology Dr Hung Chi-ting said that he saw something unusual in her eye at first and after carefully examining further under a microscope, he noticed that they were insects.

Head of ophthalmology, Dr Hung Chi-ting, had been expecting to find cellulitis and keratitis - a bacterial skin infection and the inflammation of the cornea - but instead saw tiny, moving legs. Fortunately, they were able to successfully remove all four of the sweat bees from the 29-year-old woman's tear duct. At the time, she believed she'd gotten dirt in her eye and tried to wash it out, but then began experiencing a stinging pain.

Sweat bees got their name because they are drawn to the moisture and salt of human perspiration, which is also present in tears.

"She couldn't have asked for a better bee to sting her in her eye", Shelomi said.

They have been known to drink tears from human eyes in more than 262 naturally-occurred cases in Thailand.

Ms He was weeding around her relatives' graves when the insects flew into her left eye.




The insects turned out to be something called sweat bees, a lesser known (and typically harmless) species.

Halictidae or "sweat bees" are found all over the world.

The insects were later identified as sweat bees, according to Asia One.

A woman in Taiwan found four bees living inside her eye.

"Her power of sight had decreased to under 10 per cent of normal eyesight", the doctor told reporters.

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

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

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