HONG KONG — First got here their fuzzy ft.
From the left eye of his affected person, a physician would finally take away 4 tiny bees.
“Under the microscope, I slowly pulled them out, one after another,” Dr. Hung Chi-ting, an ophthalmologist at Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan, stated at a information convention broadcast by native media final week.
The affected person, recognized by her final identify, He, stated that her ordeal started when she felt a pointy ache in her left eye whereas collaborating in an annual custom of tomb-sweeping. Plucking weeds from a headstone, she rinsed what she thought was sand from her eyes with some clear water. By the time she returned dwelling hours later, her eye was closely swollen. Tears and different secretions streamed out.
She sought medical assist. And below her left eyelid, Dr. Hung discovered what are colloquially referred to as sweat bees.
The bees, from the halictid household, subsist primarily on pollen and nectar but additionally want salt produced by human and animal glands, in order that they feed on sweat and tears. They not often sting, doing so solely when attacked.
Many sweat bees are a couple of quarter of an inch in size, about half the scale of a yellow jacket.
The tiny pollinator can be found in gardens and grassy areas around the world, but it is very rare for them to fly into eyes. Fooyin University Hospital called the operation to remove the bees from Ms. He’s eye “the first in the world.”
When Dr. Hung extracted the bees, they were still alive. Had they ruptured inside Ms. He’s eye, she could have faced serious infection, even losing her vision, he said. The bees had remained intact partly because she had refrained from rubbing her eyes throughout the ordeal.
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