Baby Dragon Swollen Eye

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Baby Dragon Swollen Eye

Postby Sam209240 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:10 pm

My bearded dragon has recently shown trouble opening his eyes and the area around his eyes seem swollen/puffy. There is no pus, discharge, or any signs of infection, but I don't kniw what is causing his eye to appear that way? I read that sometimes there eyes get puffy before shedding and he hasn't shed yet, but I'm worried it is something more. If anyone can help, I'd really appreciate it!
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Re: Baby Dragon Swollen Eye

Postby destiny1998 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:13 pm

Hi. Poor little guy. What kinds of lights are you using? Subtrate? You can put raw unpasteurized honey on it.
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Re: Baby Dragon Swollen Eye

Postby Sam209240 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:34 pm

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Re: Baby Dragon Swollen Eye

Postby Sam209240 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:42 pm

destiny1998 wrote:Hi. Poor little guy. What kinds of lights are you using? Subtrate? You can put raw unpasteurized honey on it.


I am using a zoo med UV reptile light, an under tank heater, and sand. Thank you for helping!
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Re: Baby Dragon Swollen Eye

Postby fcooper » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:51 pm

The bearded may be going into a shed; eye bulging/eye popping is common when they are about to shed. This action has a few possible explanations. One such explanation is that it is thought to help loosen the skin around the face and make is easier to come off during shedding. Another explanation is that this action is similar to yawning in humans. Either way, eye bulging is not anything to freak out about.
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Re: Baby Dragon Swollen Eye

Postby kingofnobbys » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:09 am

His unswollen eye looks crusty .

I think this needs to be checked by a reptile vet. He may be suffering from conjunctivitis in both eyes.

How long has the swollen eye been swollen ? Did it swell up suddenly ?
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Re: Baby Dragon Swollen Eye

Postby AHBD » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:18 am

Is he housed alone ? If not, be sure to separate . The likely culprit is sand in the eye. Take the sand out and get some sterile plain saline to gently rinse the eye. Use a Q-tip to VERY gently go over the corner of the eye to get the crud out. Then get the raw honey , dilute with a tiny bit of warm water + apply that twice a day. It has worked for 2 of my beardies in the past very quickly, it's an antimicrobial.
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