According to Dr Hong Chi Ting of the Fooyin University Hospital, Ms He, 28, was pulling out weeds when the bees flew into her eyes. The insects had made a new home inside the woman's eyelid - that is, until they were all successfully removed alive. He, was visiting the gravesite of a family member during the country's annual tomb-sweeping festival. Turns out there were bees living under her eyelid - four of them.
"It was a very intense stinging pain and I was constantly shedding tears, there was a lot of secretion", He told reporters at a local news conference on Wednesday. Asia One reports that the doctors managed to extract all the four bees from her eye socket.
But both she and doctors were left gobsmacked after the live insects were discovered in her tear duct. "I felt wind blowing into my face, then I felt something in my eye which I thought was sand or dirt".
A woman in Taiwan, surnamed He, went to a hospital recently with a swollen eye.
While sweat bees tend to be a non-aggressive species of bees, they are known to be attracted to human sweat, hence, their name.
Here's the kicker - instead of sweat, they were feasting on... the woman's tears! Doctors also say if the woman delayed in seeking medical care, the woman might have to lose her eye.
Reports by various media outlets in Taiwan say a woman nearly went blind, after four bees managed to attach themselves to the woman's eyes. Also known as Halictidae, they are found all over the world.
According to pest control company Terminix, sweat bees are tiny creatures, typically ranging from 0.125 to 0.5 inches in length. 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.
Each bee was extracted alive and was sent to another organization to be studied. Ms He has been discharged and is expected to make a full recovery.
"This is the first time in Taiwan we've seen something like this", the doctor said.