THESE pictures show bees living inside a woman’s eye socket feasting on her tears and sweat in a world-first discovery by medics.
Pictures show the four 0.12-inch-long ‘sweat bees living inside the woman’s eyes in shots taken at Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan’s southern county of Pingtung.
The patient named as Ms He, who is in her 20s, inadvertently became host to the bees while visiting a graveyard.
Professor Hung Chi-ting, the hospital’s head of ophthalmology is calling Ms He’s case a “world’s first” as the insects have never been found gorging on tears inside a patient’s eye.
While examining her eye, Dr Hung said: “I saw something that appeared to be insect legs, so I pulled them out under a microscope one at a time without damaging their bodies.
“They were four sweat bees.
“They nest near graves and in fallen trees, so it’s easy to come across them while hiking in mountains.”
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Ms He, who is from the south-western port city of Kaohsiung, recalled: “We were visiting and tidying a relative’s grave, and I was squatted down pulling out weeds.
“I felt wind blowing into my face, then I felt something in my eye which I thought was sand or dirt.
“I cleaned my eye using water but it started hurting a lot at night, a sharp pain, and I was tearing up.”
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How did the bees end up living in the patient's eye?
Medics believe the woman had suffered cellulitis and keratitis.
This is a bacterial skin infection and the inflammation of the cornea.
This attracted the species called sweat bees. And they just love to feed on human perspiration.
But also like tears because they contain a salty substance.
The tiny insect then entered her eyes which left her in pain.
After taking herself to hospital, her eye was inspected and it was discovered the small insects.
The insects were reportedly removed alive.
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