Doctors remove tiny bees living in woman's eyes

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He's eyesight had been reduced to under 0.1, the equivalent of 20-200 vision on the Snellen eye chart measuring visual acuity, Hung told reporters.

Assuming that sand or dirt had gotten into her eye, she said that she cleaned her eye with water at the time.

A doctor noticed something in the eye and then pulled out the first of four "sweat bees" - each no more than four millimetres long. According to the Guardian, doctors at the Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan were horrified after seeing the bees and described it as a "world's first".

The sweat bees are typically not aggressive. Doctors are also asking people to wear sunglasses to shield their eyes from the sun, as well as critters.

All four bees were reportedly removed alive from He's eyes, and He appears fully recovered, Asia One reported. "I was squatting down and pulling out weeds", she said, according to Business Insider.

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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. On the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, a scale of relative agony caused by sawflies, wasps, bees and ants, the sweat bee comes in at the lowest level of pain. 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.

But hours later, her eyes were still swollen and in pain, leading her to seek medical help at the hospital in southern Taiwan. If she had, it could have worsened her inflamed cornea or potentially led to blindness, Apple Daily Taiwan and other media outlets reported.

The bees were extracted, and the woman is expected to make a full recovery.

"They are still alive, they've been sent as specimens to another organisation and will be studied", said Dr Hong.