Doctor finds tiny bees feeding on tears inside woman’s eye

Doctors discover four live bees feeding on tears inside woman's eye

Doctors find bees in Taiwanese woman's eye, feeding on her tears

"After I pulled them out one by one, I discovered that surprisingly there were four bees", Doctor Hong Chi Ting told reporters. A Taiwanese woman, named He, complained about having a swollen eye. "They were still intact and all alive".

The woman had been visiting a relative's grave earlier that day.

Sweat bees are found in several countries and are native to North America. "I was squatting down and pulling out weeds". In the press conference, Hung explained that sweat bees commonly nest near graves, which is probably how He came in contact with them.

Craving salt, the bees had been feeding off He's tears, the doctor said at a news conference last week, later describing the odd medical diagnosis as a "world first". She washed her eyes with water but kept experiencing severe pain.

Halictidae, also known as "sweat bees" is found all over the world and are attracted to human perspiration.

A woman in Taiwan, surnamed He, went to a hospital recently with a swollen eye.

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Officials said the outcome could have been much worse had Ms He rubbed her eyes more - the worst case scenario of which would have been blindness, according to Apple Daily Taiwan. Tears contain similar salt and moisture content to sweat.

Reports by various media outlets in Taiwan say a woman nearly went blind, after four bees managed to attach themselves to the woman's eyes.

Bees living in a woman's eye.

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. Sweat bees sting, but their stings are not as painful as honey bee stings. She is expected to make a full recovery.

"They are still alive, they've been sent as specimens to another organisation and will be studied", said Dr Hong.

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

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