Taiwan Doctor Finds Bees Living In Woman's Eye

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"I saw something that looked like insect legs, so I pulled them out under a microscope slowly, and one at a time without damaging things inside", Hung Chi-ting, the head of the ophthalmology department at Fooyin University Hospital, said, CNN reports.

At the hospital the next morning, Hung had suspected an infection, but when he looked at He's eye through a microscope, he saw the tiny legs of the bees wriggling in her ducts, where they were feeding off the moisture and salt of her tears. A Taiwanese woman, named He, complained about having a swollen eye.

All four bees were removed alive and the young woman is expected to make a full recovery, her sight intact. He, was visiting the gravesite of a family member during the country's annual tomb-sweeping festival.

Sweat bees feed off human perspiration.

Dr Hung was reportedly successful in removing the four sweat bees alive from Ms He's eye.

Doctors determined He had suffered from a severe bacterial infection as a result of the bees living in her eye. During a recent press conference, the woman explained that she began to feel off, as if she had gotten dirt or sand in her left eye, as she was clearing the gravesite of weeds.

Here's the kicker - instead of sweat, they were feasting on... the woman's tears!

As CTS News reported, He said she felt something get in her eye.

Bees living in a woman's eye.

Sweat bees range from less than one-fourth of an inch to three-fourths of an inch in length and are considered nonaggressive bees, according to BeeInformed.org. However, the rinse did not work and by nightfall, the eye was swollen and marked with stinging pain underneath her eyelid. While they are not known to be aggressive bees, it's likely they would sting if touched or aggravated - for example if He had rubbed her eyes.

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

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