Doctors remove tiny bees living in woman's eyes

Doctors remove tiny bees living in woman's eyes

Doctors remove tiny bees living in woman's eyes

In what's being described as a "world first", medics pulled the 4mm insects out alive from where they had been feeding on the moisture and salt of her tears.

According to CTS, the woman, identified by her family name of He, said she thinks the insects blew into her eye at a relative's grave site when she visited it with her family.

But nope. It was bees.

Dr. Hung Chi-ting, head of Fooyin University Hospital's ophthalmology department, said in a press conference on April 4 that when he examined He, he "saw something that looked like insect legs" in her eye. Presuming it was soil, she washed it out with water but by night it had begun to swell up and she felt a sharp stinging pain under her eyelid. Again, no, it was bees.

Also known as Halictidae, sweat bees are so named because they typically consume human sweat.

Be warned: the photo below is not for the faint of heart.

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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.

Hung shows He's eye where the four bees were initially discovered, living under her eyelid.

He's eyesight had been reduced to under 0.1, the equivalent of 20-200 vision on the Snellen eye chart measuring visual acuity, Hung told reporters. They are not usually aggressive and only sting if touched.

Doctors said if the woman had waited much longer to come in, they might have had to remove her eyeball. Soon he extracted a second sweat bee. "I was squatting down and pulling out weeds", she said, according to Business Insider.

The bees are still alive and have been sent to another organization so they can be studied.

He was discharged and is expected to make a full recovery, KRON-TV reported. "This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this".

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