Reports that a young woman from Taiwan was being treated by doctors for a swollen eye and were shocked to discover four tiny bees living under her left eyelid.
She experienced extreme pain in her eye while cleaning up a relative’s grave site. Apparently thats where they flew into her eye and had been living under her eyelid while feeding on the fluid from her tear ducts since.
The 29-year-old woman, identified only by her surname, He, was treated for unbearable eye pain at Fooyin University Hospital last week.
Doctors told CTS News that they had removed the bees after their surprising discovery calling the case a “world first”.
“I saw something that looked like insect legs, so I pulled them out under a microscope slowly, and one at a time without damaging their bodies.” the hospital’s head of ophthalmology, Dr Hung Chi-ting, said during a press conference.
Ms He said that she had been pulling out weeds while tending a relative’s grave when she felt something fly into her eye. Initially believed it to be soil or dirt and rinsed her eye with water.
However, the pain only grew worse, and by evening her eye was badly swollen and streaming with tears.
Dr Hung said upon inspection of He’s eyes under a microscope, he saw the insects’ wriggling legs and managed to successfully remove all the bees alive.
The bees were identified to be Halictidae, a species commonly known as sweat bees for their attraction to salts from human sweat.
Sweat bees don’t typically attack humans unless pressed directly against their skin, but they are attracted to perspiration and lick it up to supplement their diet.
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