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

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The doctors, however, managed to remove all four bees from her eye socket.

According to CTS News, the woman, 29 - identified only by her last name He - had been tending to a family member's grave and was pulling out weeds when the insects flew into her eyes.

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 their bodies", he said. She didn't think much of it until her eyes began to swell up that night and she experienced a stinging pain that made her tear up. Again, no, it was bees.

Sweat bees, which normally live off nectar and pollen, are named for their attraction to the salt in human perspiration.

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

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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. By that evening, the woman was experiencing sharp pains and watery eyes so she sought out medical advice, according to the outlet. Sweat bees sting, but their stings are not as painful as honey bee stings.

"Thankfully she came to the hospital early, otherwise I might have had to take her eyeball out to save her life", Hung said.

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

Hung said that sweat bees nest near graves and in fallen trees, so the chances of coming across them while hiking or in graveyards is high. If she had, it could have worsened her inflamed cornea or potentially led to blindness, Apple Daily Taiwan and other media outlets reported.

Each bee was extracted alive and was sent to another organization to be studied. Fortunately, the woman recovered 80% of her vision after being hospitalised for five days.

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