4 bees found feeding on woman's tears inside her eyelid in Taiwan

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

In the "world's first" operation, the doctors removed the bees, who were feeding off the moisture and salt of her tears, from He's tear ducts and that it could have been much worse if the woman had rubbed her eyes.

A woman came to doctors complaining of pain in her swollen left eye.

But nope. It was bees.

"I saw something that looked like insect legs, so I pulled them out under a microscope slowly, and one at a time without damaging things inside", Hung Chi-ting, the head of the ophthalmology department at Taiwan's Fooyin University Hospital, told reporters at a news conference. Again, no, it was bees.

The patient said she believes the insects blew into her eye while she was visiting a relative's grave.

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

"Then I saw another one, and another and another".

So, how did sweat bees end up camping out inside a 29-year-old woman's eye? She is expected to make a full recovery.

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Sweat bees have short tongues, which come in handy for lapping up human sweat and has earned them their name. He was participating in the annual Chinese tomb-sweeping festival Qing Ming, in which next of kin clean the graves of their deceased loved ones.

Here's the kicker - instead of sweat, they were feasting on... the woman's tears!

While there are more than 1,000 species of sweat bees in the United States, Canada and Central America, according to Terminix, they are nearly painless, and only sting when they are provoked.

Hung shows He's eye where the four bees were initially discovered, living under her eyelid.

"She was wearing contact lenses so she didn't dare to rub her eyes in case she broke the lens", said Hong.

Though sweat bees do not attack people, Dr. "If she did she could have induced the bees to produce venom ... she could have gone blind".

The bees were extracted alive from her eyes.

"This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this", the doctor said.

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