The following program contains mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised. According to Smithsonian for every one human being there are more than 200 million insects on the planet. That’s a lot of insects. But what happens when those creepy crawlies decide to make you their new home? These next stories are gonna leave you wondering could it happen to me? Starting with this one, do you all know that feeling when you have something in your eye? Like, ah something’s bothering me. Usually maybe an eyelash, a little piece of dust, no big deal. Well for one woman that itchy feeling was caused by something she never expected, worms. (audience groans) Twenty year old Abby Beckley had a worm infestation in her eye. Her case was published recently in a report by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 11th time in US history that a person has had eye worms. People have a lot of worms, typically not in the eye. This specific species has never been reported in a human before. She just thought her eye was a little irritated, it was a little bit red. No big deal. Her eyelids started drooping. She’s experiencing some migraines. And then she found a good mirror, pulled down her eyelid, noticed it looked different. You see what came out? (audience groans) The worm came out on her finger. That was in her eye along with a bunch of other ones. Wow, so technically these are larva, right? These were larva of a certain type of fly that must have landed on her eye, planted these eggs, which then– Hatched out.
Hatched as these worms. And boom it was a moist cozy environment for these little larva and– Well what’s freaky is the docs were afraid to treat with meds because they didn’t want the worms to die in her eye and then just hang out there. So she ended up pulling out after 20 days, she ended up pulling out the final worm after pulling out 14 worms in total. (audience groans) Well luckily, luckily she doesn’t have any more worms in her eyes and her vision is good. She’s doing well, but when people get this infection they could potentially become blind. Well luckily this is so very rare, but I also, the take away is if you feel something in your eye, don’t ignore it. Always smart to take a look in there and, look, if it’s no big deal like an eyelash, carefully, carefully remove the eyelash. But if you see something funky or freaky, maybe get it checked out.