Taiwan abuzz with tale of live bees feeding on woman's eye

Doctors Discover 4 Bees Living Inside a Woman's Eye and Feeding on Her TearsMore

Doctors Discover 4 Bees Living Inside a Woman's Eye and Feeding on Her TearsMore

In what's being described as a "world first", medics pulled the 4mm insects out alive from where they had been feeding on the moisture and salt of her tears.

But nope. It was bees. Again, no, it was bees.

Sweat bees, also known as Halictidae, are attracted to sweat and sometimes land on people to imbibe perspiration.

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

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He's eyesight and the bees' lives were said to be saved by the fact that she didn't rub her eyes, which is pretty incredible if you imagine how uncomfortable she must have been.

Dr Hong added that the bees could have been blown inside her eye by a gust of wind and found themselves stuck inside. "They were four sweat bees..."

It was also fortunate that she had not rubbed her eyes when she felt pain, as it could have squashed and killed the insects in her eye which would have led to more serious issues and even cause blindness. Local media reported the woman said she was pulling weeds at the grave when something became stuck in her eye. However, the rinse did not work and by nightfall, the eye was swollen and marked with stinging pain underneath her eyelid. As the Canadian Wildlife Federation notes, sweat bees can be identified by their bright metallic green or blue colour. "If she did she could have induced the bees to produce venom... she could have gone blind".

While there are more than 1,000 species of sweat bees in the United States, Canada and Central America, according to Terminix, they are nearly painless, and only sting when they are provoked. They are not usually aggressive and sting only if touched. She later realized it was much more than dirt contaminating her eyeball. Fortunately, the woman recovered 80% of her vision after being hospitalised for five days. "This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this".

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