Four bees discovered living in a woman's eye, feeding on her tears

A bee on a man's finger

In what is believed to be a "world first", doctors at Taiwan's Fooyin University Hospital described in a press conference how they had then spotted the small insects crawling around her eye socket during an examination.

A Taiwanese woman had living bees removed from one of her eyes, a doctors at Fooyin University Hospital revealed last Wednesday.

But nope. It was bees.

He said she initially thought she had sand or dirt in her eyes but went to the hospital after the stinging pain didn't leave and her eyes grew increasingly watery. Again, no, it was bees.

While sweat bees do feed on pollen and nectar like other bees, they are attracted to the salts and moisture in human sweat, hence their name, according to Bee Informed.

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

The woman had been at a family member's grave when the sweat bees likely entered her 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.

Instead of attacking, the bees are merely interested in licking up human sweat with their short tongues as a way to supplement their diets, Terminix reports.

"Thankfully she came to the hospital early, otherwise I might have had to take her eyeball out to save her life", Hung said.

Doctors said the woman, who was diagnosed with cellulitis and corneal erosion caused by the bees, was smart to seek medical help as soon as she did.

Ms He has now been discharged and is expected to make a full recovery. If she had, it could have worsened her inflamed cornea or potentially led to blindness, Apple Daily Taiwan and other media outlets reported. They are commonly found near graves and in mountains.

"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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