Doctors find bees in Taiwanese woman's eye, feeding on her tears
11 April, 2019, 00:44 | Author: Emmett Rice
She washed her eyes with water but kept experiencing severe pain.
The hospital's head of ophthalmology, Dr Hung Chi-ting said at a press conference that such bees nest near graves and in fallen trees, so chances of coming across them while hiking in the mountains are high, Apple Daily Taiwanreported.
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.
The 29-year-old went to hospital assuming she had picked up an infection of some sort.
The bees were extracted alive from her eyes.
He yanked out a small bee, known as Halictidae or a "sweat bee". The insects are attracted to sweat and can also drink tears, which are rich in protein, according to a study by the Kansas Entomological Society. "They were still intact and all alive", he said.
He, was visiting the gravesite of a family member during the country's annual tomb-sweeping festival.
The sweat bees are typically not aggressive. She immediately sought medical help follwing her heavily swollen eye. Asia Onereports that the doctors managed to extract all the four bees from her eye socket.
"It was a very intense stinging pain and I was constantly shedding tears, there was a lot of secretion", He told reporters at a local news conference on Wednesday. "If she did she could have induced the bees to produce venom ... she could have gone blind". She is expected to make a full recovery post bee removal.
If you thought multiple bees flying around you were bad, just imagine having them inside your eyelid.
While there are more than 1,000 species of sweat bees in the United States, Canada and Central America, according to Terminix, they are nearly painless, and only sting when they are provoked. "This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this".
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