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Watery eye : possibly blind????????

Post by SickPuppy on Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:18 pm

My leopard gecko, Eos, has been keeping his left eye closed. I noticed this just today, actually, and it appears to be watery (although i could be mistaken) It doesn't appear to be swollen, but i just noticed that he has been rubbing his face against his hide, like his eye might be itching? The lower lid appears to be somehow lower than the other as well, just slightly. I'm really worried about him and i don't yet know of any herp vets in my area. I can't imagine what could be in there that he wouldn't be able to get out if it's just irritated.

he's eating just fine, in fact he has a great appetite, and he's pretty active. i have him on Repti-carpet and his last shed went normal and was about 2 weeks ago. i always keep the water filled and i dust my crickets once a week for him as well as keeping a small calcium dish in his enclosure.

if there is any way that i could treat this without going to a vet, suggestions would be great. however, if anybody feels that i must go to a vet, i'd like to know how much that could cost; i'm on a very, very low budget. Sad

thank you so much!


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Post by Kermit on Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:41 pm

First thing I would do is start flushing his eye with plain contact lens saline solution once or twice a day for the next few days. Take out the repticarpet because they harbor bacteria and not knowing whats wrong you really want a sanitary environment. Use paper towels for now and clean often. Disinfect his hides and give him a good soak. Use a qtip dishes with warm water and gently rub his affected eye lid only, not the eye surface, you could scratch his cornea. If he doesn't appear to be better in a few days of repeating this process our if colored discharge starts youre going to need a vet. Call around for pricing, out differs from area to area.

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Post by SickPuppy on Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:44 pm

alright, thank you so much. tomorrow i'll go pick up a saline solution and soak everything. i appreciate it. ;_; i recently soaked everything, including the tank itself, but never hurts to do it again.

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Post by Kermit on Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:50 pm

With him rubbing on it all its prudent. Be sure to take the repticarpet out as well. Remember plain saline, not the soaking or cleaning kind.

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Post by SickPuppy on Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:58 am

Alright so i've soaked him and i've cleaned out the entire tank as well as replacing the repti-carpet with paper towels.

i had never given him a bath until today and he seemed to -really- like it, he laid right down and closed his eyes, it was the cutest thing ever. i've now put him back in his nice clean tank but now he's incredibly stressed out and he's really anxious. he's been trying to get out for the last 15 minutes or so, continuously scratching at the glass and everything. i checked the temps, they're completely normal. he's so freaked that he spilled almost all of his water and now half the paper towels are soaked. i'm trying to wait for him to go into his hide so i can change out the water and paper towels because of his little tantrum, with no luck. i don't want to continuously pull him out of his tank, put him back in, pull him out, put him back in. he's just getting more and more anxiety. Sad

is there anything i can do to make him more comfortable or at least calm him down???

also, looking at his eye today, it seems much better, not watery at all and he hasn't been licking at it at all or keeping it shut. perhaps the problem solved itself on its own? either way i'm going to go pick up some eye-drops a little later and flush both of his eyes, might as well, right?

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Post by Kermit on Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:34 am

Its not eye drops, its saline solution for contact lenses and you can squirt it right out if the bottle directly into his eye to flush out any debris that might be suck in there. I'm sure he's a little freaked out by the different feeling under his feet. Just take the water out, set his temps at like 92-94* cover the tank and walk away. Maybe your can add another hide to make him feel a little more secure, but its a sink our swim thing... Ya just horts leave him alone so he can figure or this new stuff isn't going to hurt him. He'll settle down, just leave him alone until tomoro at sunset, don't keep checking on him. Remember you also just removed all his stink from the tank so nothing shells familiar to him right now., he's gonna be a bit geeked out.

I'm glad he enjoyed his bath, thats great. Makes it shot easier when they enjoy it. His eye issue could just have been premature shed skin that left overly sensitive new skin prematurely exposed. Thats best case scenario. Soul doesn't hurt to flush his eyes and metro saline on hand in your leo first aide kit.

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Post by SickPuppy on Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:01 am

alright, so i've been giving him saline drops every day for the last couple of weeks and his eye problem appeared to have subsided, but now it seems worse than ever. i took him to the vet and she said that i should just continue to flush out the eye like i have been and that there appears to be no real dangerous issue such as parasites. she said that he probably just has a bit of calcium dust in his eye. but it's still watery and now i've seen him rub against his hide, as if it itches. i've seen him scratch at it with his hind foot too.

i'm really getting worried and i'm not sure what else to do. he keeps his eye closed most of the time and his appetite seems to be waning. i feed him every day, usually 5-7 crickets in a dish and he'll go at it vigorously. yesterday however, i noticed that the crickets were still in the dish as if he hadn't come out to look. so i "assisted" him (sometimes he likes to sit in my hand above the dish and strike at the crickets from there and eat) but even then, he wasn't really hungry and became so stressed that he didn't even want to eat. so i decided to dump the crickets out of the dish and let them crawl around the tank over night, so that he'd see them running around and chase after them. i had given him 6 and now there are 2 left in there, so that means he's been eating. but i'm worried that he wasn't as... animated to eat them like he usually is. he appears healthy other than those two things, his tail is plump and he moves around just fine, he's alert to sounds and movements.

i'm wondering if maybe since i've been handling him quite a bit lately (once a day, approx) if that isn't maybe stressing him out or something? he doesn't click at me or act like he wants to run away when i handle him, he usually enjoy sit for the most part (except when i'm flushing his eyes with saline, he gets finicky over that) i can't afford another vet visit. Sad i don't know what to do at this point.

also, he's been "glass dancing" lately, could that possibly be stressing him out? like he needs more room? i've been wanting to get him a 20 gallon tank anyways but since i can't afford it yet and i don't have anything for a 20 gallon to sit on comfortably, i've been putting it off.

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Post by SickPuppy on Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:18 pm

Tonight i flushed his eye and now it appears to be clouded, blue-ish in color. has he gone blind in that eye? i don't know what to do, i'm really scared for him...

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Post by Kermit on Wed Mar 14, 2012 12:58 am

It is possible he could have gone blind,it could be possible he simply has a corneal abrasion wich would also present as cloudy if it has ulcerated. This is something a vet needs to determine for sure because a corneal ulceration would require special dye to detect the abrasion, and proper meds to prevent infection and save vision in that eye.

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Post by geckochick89 on Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:50 pm

If you could post a nice, clear, closeup picture of the eye, it might be easier to figure out whats going on.
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