Tiny Bees Found In Woman’s Eye, Feeding Off Tears

Tiny Bees Found In Woman’s Eye, Feeding Off Tears

Tiny Bees Found In Woman’s Eye, Feeding Off Tears

However, several hours later the 28-year-old visited a hospital in southern Taiwan when her eyes started to swell and cause her pain.

Her eyesight was saved but she suffered cellulitis (a bacterial skin infection) and keratitis (inflammation of the cornea).

She assumed it was soil and washed her eyes out with water, but later began experiencing severe pain under her eyelid.

In what doctors at Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan called a "world first", they managed to successfully remove all four sweat bees alive from her tear duct.

Sweat bees, which normally live off nectar and pollen, are named for their attraction to the salt in human perspiration. Doctors at Fooyin University Hospital, according to media reports, say the four bees, in this case, may have mistaken tears as sweats.

"She couldn't completely close her eyes".

The bees were found to be feeding off the moisture and salt of her tears. Doctors are also asking people to wear sunglasses to shield their eyes from the sun, as well as critters.

Hospital's head of ophthalmology Dr Hung Chi-ting said that he saw something odd in her eye at first and after carefully examining further under a microscope, he noticed that they were insects. While they are not known to be aggressive bees, it's likely they would sting if touched or aggravated - for example if He had rubbed her eyes.

"Thankfully she came to the hospital early, otherwise I might have had to take her eyeball out to save her life", Hung told reporters. They do not produce honey, but are capable of stinging and swarming humans, and can be found in most parts of the world, including Canada.

Four tiny sweat bees were living under her eyelid. She felt something go in her eye, but shrugged it off thinking it must be dirt. The bees are also still alive, Hung told the BBC, and will now be studied.

He has now been discharged and is expected to make a full recovery.

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

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