Tiny bees found in woman’s eye, feeding off tears

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

At the Fooyin University Hospital, however, doctors found four live bees living inside her eye and feeding on her tears.

Hung Chi-ting, the head of the ophthalmology department at Taiwan's Fooyin University Hospital, says the bees were nestled behind the woman's eye and living off her tears, according to CNN. "I looked into the gap with a microscope and saw something black that looked like an insect leg".

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. Assuming it was dirt, she washed her eye out with water.

Also known as Halictidae, sweat bees are so named because they typically consume human sweat. They are commonly found near mountains and graves.

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

The tiny sweat bees had been surviving on her tear ducts, according to Taiwanese news channel CTS News.

Dr Hong told the BBC the discovery of the bees was a first for the country and the insects were still alive and being studied.

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Sweat bees are incredibly small, which makes them hard for humans to notice as they fly around, according to Terminix.

They have one of the least painful stings of all stinging insects and can be found all around the world.

So, how did sweat bees end up camping out inside a 29-year-old woman's eye?

The doctor believes that the fact the woman was wearing contact lenses saved her from potentially going blind. She immediately sought medical help follwing her heavily swollen eye.

They have also been discovered to consume tears due to their high protein content, according to research by the Kansas Entomological Society.

Pictures of the bees in Ms He's eye were shown on Taiwanese TV, after she and Dr Hung appeared to talk about the odd discovery.

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