Doctors remove tiny bees living in woman's eyes

by Garry Watts April 12, 2019, 2:24
Doctors remove tiny bees living in woman's eyes

A doctor treating a woman for a swollen eye was shocked when he found four tiny bees living under her left eyelid.

A 28-year-old woman in Taiwan went to the doctor after getting what she assumed was a piece of dirt in her eye.

"I saw something that appeared to be insect legs", the hospital's ophthalmology head Professor Hung Chi-ting said in a news conference, later reported by The Sun on April 4. "I was squatting down and pulling out weeds", she told reporters.

Bees living in a woman's eye.

Per American pest control company Terminix, sweat bees have the "least painful sting of all stinging insects".

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. She has been discharged from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

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The woman, identified by the surname He, said she thinks the insects blew into her eye while visiting a relative's grave. "Then I saw another one, and another and another. I cleaned my eye using water but it started hurting a lot at night, a sharp pain, and I was tearing up".

We know it doesn't seem that way at first look, but Dr. Hong says Ms.

Sweat bees got their name because they are drawn to the moisture and salt of human perspiration - both are found in tears. The insects had made a new home inside the woman's eyelid - that is, until they were all successfully removed alive.

But hours later, her eyes were still swollen and in pain, leading her to seek medical help at the hospital in southern Taiwan. "If she did she could have induced the bees to produce venom ... she could have gone blind".

Even though the case is probably the most unusual he's heard about in his time studying entomology, Shelomi emphasized that what happened at the gravesite in Taiwan was a fascinating but not worrisome "freak occurrence".

"They are still alive, they've been sent as specimens to another organisation and will be studied".

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