Doctors find sweat bees feeding inside woman’s eye

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Taiwanese television showing the sweat bees living in the persons eye. Photograph: CTS Taiwan / Youtube
Taiwanese television showing the sweat bees living in the persons eye. Photograph: CTS Taiwan / Youtube

Case of sweat bees found under woman’s eyelid

A 29-year-old Taiwanese woman presented to the hospital with a swollen eye and stinging sensation under her eyelid. However, the doctors were in complete shock after they discovered the cause of the swelling. In this case, the cause of the swelling was not a simple eye infection. Doctors discovered four sweat bees living under her eyelids, feeding on her tears.

Doctors at Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan described this as a “world first”.

When examining the eye, the hospital’s head of ophthalmology Dr Hung Chi-ting found something that looked like insect legs. He said, 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.”

The patient recalled something going into her eye, pulling out weed while tending to a family member’s grave. Thinking it was soil, she washed her eye with water and let it be. However, her eye began to swell up by night with a sharp stinging sensation under he eyelid. Sweat bees are small bees attracted to sweat and tears. They are otherwise harmless and only sting when harmed. The bees are usually found in the mountains and near graves, which explains how they got in the woman’s eye.

References

Doctors discover four live bees feeding on tears inside woman’s eye https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/10/doctors-discover-four-live-bees-feeding-on-tears-inside-womans-eye

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Dr. Aiman Shahab is a dentist with a bachelor’s degree from Dow University of Health Sciences. She is an experienced freelance writer with a demonstrated history of working in the health industry. Skilled in general dentistry, she is currently working as an associate dentist at a private dental clinic in Karachi, freelance content writer and as a part time science instructor with Little Medical School. She has also been an ambassador for PDC in the past from the year 2016 – 2018, and her responsibilities included acting as a representative and volunteer for PDC with an intention to make the dental community of Pakistan more connected and to work for benefiting the underprivileged. When she’s not working, you’ll either find her reading or aimlessly walking around for the sake of exploring. Her future plans include getting a master’s degree in maxillofacial and oral surgery, settled in a metropolitan city of North America.

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