Tiny bees found in woman's eye, feeding off tears

A woman was shocked to discover that a group of bees were living inside her eye - and feeding off of her tears.

Hung Chi-ting, the head of the ophthalmology department at Taiwan's Fooyin University Hospital, says the bees were nestled behind the woman's eye and living off her tears, according to CNN.

The insects were sweat bees, also known as halictidae, which are found around the world and known for their attraction to perspiration.

After three hours of agony, He visited the hospital, where doctors determined she was suffering from cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection, and severe corneal erosion caused by the sweat bees.

The woman was pulling out weeds when the insects flew into her eyes, according to news reports.

He was discharged from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, KRON reported. Sweat bees could sneak their way into your eyes and survive off liquid produced from your tear ducts.

A sweat bee gathers pollen from a flower in Davis, California in this 2010 photo. 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. The bees are also still alive, Hung told the BBC, and will now be studied.

The doctor believes that the fact the woman was wearing contact lenses saved her from potentially going blind.

"He" was visiting the grave of a relative. "They were still intact and all alive", he said.

"She couldn't completely close her eyes", he told the BBC.

When a gust of wind blew into her eyes she assumed it was dirt that had entered, she told reporters. The film saw its antagonist lynched, slathered in honey, and stung to death - one of the few bee-related deaths in film (we can't forget Wicker Man) and the only one to result in a ghost this angry.

"This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this", he added. "I'm sure the sweat bees got by the eye and got squished between the eye and eyelid".

Timothy Bella is the deputy editor of Morning Mix.

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