Eye'll bee damned: woman finds insects in eye

Apr 12, 2019, 02:27
Eye'll bee damned: woman finds insects in eye

However, the pain only grew worse, and by evening her eye was badly swollen and streaming with tears.

Four "sweat bees" that had been living in a Taiwanese woman's eye were removed by a doctor who described his surprise at finding a "leg with hair, protruding from the eyelid".

Hung Chi-ting, the head of the hospital's ophthalmology department, told reporters that when he peered closely at He's left eye, he "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". After pulling all out, he discovered that there were four sweat bees living in the patient's eye. He then sent the insects to a professor at National Taiwan University for identification.

The tiny bees - which were were pulled out intact and alive - flew into Ms He's eye as she cleaned around a relative's grave.

The insects were removed and He was treated for her infection and injuries. They also drink tears for their high protein content, according to a study by the Kansas Entomological Society.

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

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"She was wearing contact lenses so she didn't dare to rub her eyes in case she broke the lens", he explained.

They say it was a "world first".

Dr Hong (right) was tasked with removing the bees from Ms He's eye. As the name implies, sweat bees are often attracted to perspiration and have been known to feed on human teardrops due to their high protein content.

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"These bees don't usually attack people but they like drinking sweat, hence their name."

"Thankfully she came to the hospital early, otherwise I might have had to take her eyeball out to save her life".

Sweat bees, he said, "nest near graves and in fallen trees, so it's easy to come across them while hiking in mountains". "They haven't figured out what we are".

"She couldn't have asked for a better bee to sting her in her eye", Shelomi said. "This is not something that people need to concern themselves with".

Hung said the bees are still alive.

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