Four bees went inside a woman's eye feeding on her tears

Four bees went inside a woman's eye feeding on her tears

Ms He, a 28-year-old Taiwanese woman, had a gust of wind blew into her eyes while pulling out weeds around her relative's graves. She assumed it was dirt that flew into her eyes but hours later, her eyes were swelling and in severe pain, leading her to seek medical attention at the Fooyin University Hospital.

Dr Hong Chi Ting, an ophthalmology professor, handled Ms He's case and noticed she couldn't completely close her eyes. Dr Hong told BBC that he looked into the gap with a microscope and saw something black that looked like an insect leg.

"I grabbed the leg and very slowly took one out, then I saw another one and another and another. They were still intact and all alive" said Dr Hong

Sweat Bees (Image By Flickr.com)
Sweat Bees (Image By Flickr.com)

The insects that went inside Ms He's eyes were sweat bees, also known as Halictidae. These bees are attracted to sweat and tears but, sweat bees going inside a person's eye is a rare phenomenon and is a first for Taiwan.

Luckily, Ms He didn't rub her eyes cause she was wearing contact lenses. If she did, the bees might have released their venom and she could've gone blind.

Ms He has now been discharged and is expected to make a full recovery.

As for the bees, they are still alive and have been sent as specimens to be studied by a different organization.

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