Doctors remove tiny bees living in woman's eyes

Doctors discover four live bees feeding on tears inside woman's eye
Doctors find bees in Taiwanese woman's eye, feeding on her tears
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12 April, 2019

According to Business Insider Singapore, a 29-year-old Taiwanese woman known only as He was admitted to Taiwan's Fooyin University Hospital complaining of an eye infection.

A woman in southern Taiwan was found last week to have four sweat bees living in her eye and feeding on her tears, but the insects were removed before she suffered permanent damage to her eyesight.

So, why did they end up in He's eye?

She thought some soil had flown into her eye and tried to wash it out with water, but later that evening she felt a sharp stinging pain under her eyelid.

Dr Hong told the BBC the discovery of the bees was a first for the country and the insects were still alive and being studied.

It would have been very likely for sweat bees to be around He at the time, Hung told reporters, as they tend to nest near graves and in the mountains.

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Hung said the woman was found to be suffering from bacterial skin infection cellulitis and severe corneal erosion. However, they are also drawn to human perspiration "which offers them precious moisture and salts", according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The bees were extracted and she is expected to make a full recovery.

"He" was visiting the grave of a relative. "I was squatting down and pulling out weeds", the patient said at a press conference. Horng looked closely at the woman's streaming eye and "was surprised to find a back leg with hair protruding from the eyelid". He grabbed one of the legs and carefully removed the insect to take a closer look.

Doctors believe it is a world first. Fortunately, Ho did not rub her eyes, as that might have prompted them to sting, causing her to suffer vast damage, including blindness, said Hung. "They were still intact and all alive", he said.

Bees living in a woman's eye.

"This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this", he added. "The bees will be fine", Shelomi stressed. The film saw its antagonist lynched, slathered in honey, and stung to death - one of the few bee-related deaths in film (we can't forget Wicker Man) and the only one to result in a ghost this angry.


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