Four bees discovered living in a woman's eye, feeding on her tears

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

A Taiwanese woman who thought she had an eye infection was actually playing host to four bees living in her eye, in what doctors have called a "world first".

The hospital's head of ophthalmology, Dr Hung Chi-ting said at a press conference that such bees nest near graves and in fallen trees, so chances of coming across them while hiking in the mountains are high, Apple Daily Taiwan reported.

The woman, known only as He, was reportedly tending to a relative's grave, pulling weeds out, when she felt something in her eye.

She assumed it was soil and washed her eyes out with water, but later began experiencing severe pain under her eyelid.

The tiny pollinator known as Halictidae or "sweat bees" usually found in gardens and grassy areas but are attracted to human perspiration.

Doctors at Taiwan's Fooyin University Hospital were shocked at what they found to be the cause of the woman's eye inflammation: Bees.

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Insect legs were wiggling from one of her eye sockets.

According to pest control company Terminix, sweat bees are tiny creatures, typically ranging from 0.125 to 0.5 inches in length. Fortunately, they were able to successfully remove all four of the sweat bees from the 29-year-old woman's tear duct. She went to the hospital three hours after the incident in agony.

Dr. Hong grabbed the leg and slowly pulled one insect out. "If she did she could have induced the bees to produce venom... she could have gone blind".

Doctors also say if the woman delayed in seeking medical care, the woman might have to lose her eye. The bees are also still alive, Hung told the BBC, and will now be studied. After being hospitalised for five days, she was discharged and is expected to make a full recovery.

"This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this", the doctor said.

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