Doctors find four bees living in a woman’s eye and drinking her tears

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Doctors have found four bees living inside a woman’s eyelid and feeding on her tears.

The so-called ‘sweat bees’ had taken up residence inside her tear ducts, and were thriving.

The woman, identified only as Ms He, 28, went to hospital in Taiwan complaining of a swollen eye, and doctors were surprised to find the insects were the cause.

The sweat bees were feeding on her tears (Picture: CTS)
Doctors managed to pull the bees out alive (Picture: CTS)
She went into hospital thinking she had an infection (Picture: CTS)
Doctors said her eyesight was only saved by the fact she did not rub her eyes.  (Picture: CTS)

Doctors at Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan managed to extract all of them, saying it was a ‘world first’.

Head of ophthalmology Dr Hung Chi-ting told a press conference: ‘I saw something that looked like insect legs, so I pulled them out under a microscope slowly, and one at a time without damaging their bodies.’

CTS News reported that the woman was pulling up weeds from a relative’s grave when she felt something go into her eye.

At first, she thought it was soil or a contact lens breaking, and tried to wash it out. As the pain didn’t go away, she presumed it must be an infection until finding out the truth in hospital.

Doctors said her eyesight was only saved by the fact she did not rub her eyes vigorously.

She is expected to make a full recovery.

Sweat bees, which are up to 4mm in length, get their name because they like to feed on human sweat, as well as nectar and pollen. They can often be found around mountainous areas and graves.

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