Taiwan abuzz with tale of live bees feeding on woman's eye

Arturo Kim
April 11, 2019

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. After attempting to wash the foreign object from her eye, the woman began to feel severe pain, and her eye began to swell.

Sweat bees got their name because they are drawn to the moisture and salt of human perspiration - both are found in tears.

But when the woman, identified by her surname He, received treatment at Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan, doctors didn't find a bacterial infection.

A doctor found four bees living inside a woman's eye in Taiwan. Doctors are also asking people to wear sunglasses to shield their eyes from the sun, as well as critters.

The hospital's head of ophthalmology Dr Hung Chi-ting, while speaking at a press conference, said, "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".

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Dr Hung said that the bees commonly nest in the mountains and close to graves, which is how they had come into contact with He. 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. According to the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, a sweat bee has the least painful sting of all stinging insects.

The woman was pulling out weeds when the insects flew into her eyes, according to news reports. "If she did she could have induced the bees to produce venom... she could have gone blind". She later realized it was much more than dirt contaminating her eyeball.

Each bee was extracted alive and was sent to another organization to be studied.

She is now on her way to making a full recovery and will likely be wearing goggles at the next visit to her relative's grave, per Dr.

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