Doctors find 4 bees hiding in a woman's swollen eye

Doctors find 4 bees hiding in a woman's swollen eye

The bees were reportedly feeding on her tear ducts under her swollen eyelids, according to CTS News.

It would have been very likely for sweat bees to be around He at the time, Hung told reporters, as they tend to nest near graves and in the mountains.

She assumed it was soil and washed her eyes out with water, but later began experiencing severe pain under her eyelid. Doctors at Fooyin University Hospital, according to media reports, say the four bees, in this case, may have mistaken tears as sweats.

Dr. Hung Chi-ting, head of Fooyin University Hospital's ophthalmology department, said in a press conference on April 4 that when he examined He, he "saw something that looked like insect legs" in her eye. A sting usually only occurs if one of the bees is pressed against the skin.

Ms He recovered 80% of her vision after being hospitalised for five days.

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Medics had initially thought the patient was suffering from an eye infection when a little bit of further investigation found four bees living inside her eye. As the Canadian Wildlife Federation notes, sweat bees can be identified by their bright metallic green or blue colour. She felt something go in her eye, but shrugged it off thinking it must be dirt. "They were still intact and all alive", he said.

She was lucky that she did not rub her eyes, Hung added, as that would have squashed the bees and potentially blinded the eye.

The bees, commonly known as sweat bees, come from the large bee family of Halictidae and are commonly found in North America. They do not produce honey, but are capable of stinging and swarming humans, and can be found in most parts of the world, including Canada.

The bees are still alive and have been sent to another organization so they can be studied.

"The woman will be fine. I don't expect we'll ever see it again".

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