Tiny Bees Found In Woman’s Eye, Feeding Off Tears

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The doctors at the Fooyin University Hospital were shocked to find those bees were feeding on her tears. Ms He felt something go into her eye, but assumed it was just dirt and washed it out. Again, no, it was bees.

The small bees, known as "Halictidae", are attracted to human perspiration.

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"She couldn't completely close her eyes", he told the BBC. Fortunately, they were able to successfully remove all four of the sweat bees from the 29-year-old woman's tear duct. However, the rinse did not work and by nightfall, the eye was swollen and marked with stinging pain underneath her eyelid. "I was squatting down and pulling out weeds", she said, according to Business Insider.

Dr Hung was reportedly successful in removing the four sweat bees alive from Ms He's eye. A sting usually only occurs if one of the bees is pressed against the skin.

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He's eyesight had been reduced to under 0.1, the equivalent of 20-200 vision on the Snellen eye chart measuring visual acuity, Hung told reporters.

Doctors said the woman, who was diagnosed with cellulitis and corneal erosion caused by the bees, was smart to seek medical help as soon as she did. If she had, it could have worsened her inflamed cornea or potentially led to blindness, Apple Daily Taiwan and other media outlets reported. After being hospitalised for five days, she was discharged and is expected to make a full recovery.

Each bee was extracted alive and was sent to another organization to be studied.

Dr Hung also added that this incident serves as a reminder for those who practice Qingming, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, to take precautions and wear goggles while cleaning the graves as sweat bees nest near graves and in fallen trees. "This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this".

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