Taiwanese woman has four bees removed from eyelid

Taiwanese woman has four bees removed from eyelid

Kerry Wise
April 12, 2019

The woman from Taiwan who has only been referred to by her surname, He, believes the bees got into her eye when she was pulling weeds from a family member's grave.

"Tears wouldn't stop coming out of my eye", she said.

Doctors in Taiwan have found four small sweat bees alive inside the eye of a woman.

And if you thought "living off her tears" sounded like Evanescence lyrics, the weeding the woman was doing? However, the pain only grew worse, and by evening her eye was badly swollen and streaming with tears.

Dr Hung Chi-ting told a news conference that he discovered the bees under a microscope. 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.

After three hours of agony, He visited the hospital, where doctors determined she was suffering from cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection, and severe corneal erosion caused by the sweat bees. In keeping with their name, not only are the bees attracted to pollen, they will feed on sweaty people and tears, often landing on humans to lick their sweat.

Reputedly non-aggressive, on the rare occasions their sting is used, the discomfort is said to be mild.

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He was discharged from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, KRON reported. "I didn't know what the insects were", he told AFP.

Insect legs were wiggling from one of her eye sockets.

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

Bees living in a woman's eye. "I looked into the gap with a microscope and saw something black that looked like an insect leg", Dr Hong, an ophthalmology professor at the hospital told the BBC. The insects had made a new home inside the woman's eyelid - that is, until they were all successfully removed alive.

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.

He said Ms He was lucky she did not lose her sight. "This is not something that people need to concern themselves with".