Woman Attacked by Sweat Bees Almost Blind|"汗蜂"飛進眼 女子角膜潰爛險瞎


A 28-year-old woman in Kaohsiung was attacked by four sweat bees sized 0.3 centimeters while tomb-sweeping with family. The bees were in her eyes for two hours and caused serious swelling and corneal ulceration. Her eyesight was reduced to 0.1 and was almost blind.


Left eye red and swollen, with yellow discharge coming out of her eyes, 28 year-old Ms. Ho can hardly open her eyes. She went tomb sweeping with her family in Kaohsiung Daliao mountain area last Saturday. A breeze blew by and she thought it was sand that got into her eye so she used clean water to wash it out. However 2 hours after she got home, her eyes were swollen, hot and itchy. She immediately seek medical help, but her cornea was already ulcerated.

I just felt there were something in my eyes. I thought it was a broken contact lenses or it has moved out of place.

The optometrist originally thought it was a broken contact lense, but after opening the eyelid, he found 4 struggling bees that were only 0.3 cm. After confirming with doctors and entomologists, these are sweat bees which live at an altitude of under 1,000 meters and like to suck human's sweats. The bees have mistaken tears for sweats and attacked the eyes.

The bee's feet crawls over her cornea has caused ulceration. She's lucky that she is young and in her twenties. If it were a sixty or seventy year old man or woman, and has diabetes, sometimes the skin won't grow back after two to three weeks.

The doctor said luckily the sweat bees hadn't been crushed, otherwise the toxins in their body will spread to the eyes and lead to unspeakable consequences. Also a reminder to the public do not rub your eyes if foreign substance does enter. It is better to wear glasses or sunglasses to prevent UV lights and foreign substances or insects from entering.



左眼紅腫、還有大量黃色分泌物,眼睛完全無法睜開,上週六28歲何小姐和家人到高雄大寮山區掃墓,一陣風吹過,以為是沙子跑進眼睛,僅用清水沖洗眼眶,沒想到返家兩小時後,眼睛越來越腫,出現灼熱、發癢,趕緊就醫,但角膜已呈現糜爛。

病患 何小姐表示:「只是一直覺得有異物感在裡面,所以一直以為說是隱形眼鏡破掉,或是說跑位,位置跑掉了!」

原以為是隱形眼鏡破裂,眼科醫師小心翼翼將眼皮掀開,赫然發現裡面有四隻還在掙扎的蜂類,大小僅有0.3公分,經醫師和昆蟲學者確認,原來是生存在一千公尺以下,喜歡吸取人類汗水的「汗蜂」,誤認淚水是汗水、入侵眼睛。

輔英科大醫院眼科教授 洪啟庭表示:「(汗蜂)腳啊什麼東西爬過去,還是讓她的眼角膜刮成糜爛,這個糜爛,她很幸運, 她是20來歲還滿年輕的,你要是大概六、七十歲的老先生、老太太,又合併糖尿病的話,有時候皮兩三個禮拜都長不起來。」

醫生指出,幸運的是汗蜂未被揉散,否則體內的組織將對眼睛產生毒性變化,後果不堪設想,提醒大家,若有異物入侵,千萬不要去揉,最好配戴眼鏡或是太陽眼鏡,阻絕日光傷害以外,同時能避免雜物、昆蟲入侵。

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