Tiny bees found in woman's eye, feeding on tears

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Hospital's head of ophthalmology Dr Hung Chi-ting said that he saw something unusual in her eye at first and after carefully examining further under a microscope, he noticed that they were insects.

At the Fooyin University Hospital, however, doctors found four live bees living inside her eye and feeding on her tears. Thinking it was only dirt, she cleaned her eye out with water and did not rub her eyes much for the rest of the day. "They were still intact and all alive".

Taiwanese news agency CTS says the woman sought medical assistance for a swollen left eye a few hours after she felt something enter her eye while she was tending to a relative's grave.

In what doctors at Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan called a "world first", they managed to successfully remove all four sweat bees alive from her tear duct.

Disturbing footage of the sweat bee removal was shared on Taiwanese TV, the BBC reports.

When He visited the hospital the next morning, Dr Hung suspected she had an infection, but discovered the tiny legs of the bees wriggling in her tear ducts when inspected under through a microscope.

The sweat bee feeds off nectar and pollen, but is also drawn to human perspiration, which provides "precious moisture and salts", according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. They are not usually aggressive and sting only if touched.

Insect legs were wiggling from one of her eye sockets. If she had, it could have worsened her inflamed cornea or potentially led to blindness, Apple Daily Taiwan and other media outlets reported.

If you thought multiple bees flying around you were bad, just imagine having them inside your eyelid.

Dr Hung said that the bees commonly nest in the mountains and close to graves, which is how they had come into contact with He. "This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this".

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