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Shocking: Doctors Find Four Bees Living in Woman’s Eyes


Devdiscourse News Desk taipei
Updated: 11-04-2019 18:40 IST
Shocking: Doctors Find Four Bees Living in Woman’s Eyes

Sweat bees, also known as Halictidae, the minuscule insects about 3 to 4 millimeters were reportedly living in the woman’s left eyelid Image Credit: Flickr

Doctors made a shocking discovery, four bees living in a Taiwanese woman's eyes and feeding on her tears. Sweat bees, also known as Halictidae, the minuscule insects about 3 to 4 millimeters were reportedly living in the woman's left eyelid. Experts say the insects are attracted to sweat and also drink tears for their protein content. These bees are found in grassy areas around the world but rarely end up in someone's eyes.

An ophthalmologist at Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan, Dr Hong Chi-ting said while observing the woman's eyes, he found something that looked like insect legs and pulled them out under a microscope slowly.

Identified by her last name He, the woman said she was participating in the annual tradition of tomb-sweeping when a gust of wind blew something into her eye. She said she went to the hospital when the discomfort in the eye didn't subside. "It was very painful. Tears wouldn't stop coming out of my eye. I was scared to death." Dr Hong said He was 'lucky' she did not rub her eyes while the bees were inside. "She was wearing contact lenses so she didn't dare to rub her eyes while the bees were inside. If she did, she could have induced the bees to produce venom, she could have ended up blind."

COUNTRY : Taiwan

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