Eye Infection? (Updated w/ pics)

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Eye Infection? (Updated w/ pics)

Postby Blackenedsabbath » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:48 pm

Hello all,

This morning Pancake had some slight difficulty opening his left eye, and when I looked closer there was a small amount of clear goo in it, that almost looks like the sleep that humans get in their eye. By the afternoon he wasn't opening his eye at all. I called a reptile vet in the area for some advice, and they said to try Polysporin eye drops for 3 days, and if it doesn't clear up to bring him in for an appointment. He had no signs of this goo/discharge at all yesterday evening.

When I got home, Pancake still had his left eye closed, but did not seem irritated. He opened it a little bit when he heard me, and then closed it again. I took him out of his tank to administer the eye drops, and he opened his left eye with no problem and kept it open the entire time he was out of his tank, which I am slightly confused about. He is still alert, hyper as always, his BMs today were normal and he still ate his veggies this morning without a fuss.

The eye drops didn't seem to bother him too much, and it almost looked like they loosened up the goop. Is there a way I could remove the goo off of his bottom eyelid without irritating it? I've read some posts that say to use a q-tip but others advise against it

Thanks!

(I'll upload pictures of his eye tomorrow if it helps, he's sleeping at the moment and I don't want to disturb him :s)
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Re: Eye Infection?

Postby TheRamiRocketMan » Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:08 pm

Q-tip or wet tissues works well. Your beardie probably won't like it but it's better than being half blind. My beardie has had this discharge problem for years. From what I can tell, it isn't an infection, but it could be different in your case.

Remove the goop and see if it comes back. If it does, I'd go up to the vet and get some eye ointment. Tricin works like magic on the problem.
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Re: Eye Infection?

Postby Blackenedsabbath » Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:45 am

TheRamiRocketMan wrote:Q-tip or wet tissues works well. Your beardie probably won't like it but it's better than being half blind. My beardie has had this discharge problem for years. From what I can tell, it isn't an infection, but it could be different in your case.

Remove the goop and see if it comes back. If it does, I'd go up to the vet and get some eye ointment. Tricin works like magic on the problem.


I tried both q-tip and tissues today, I had more luck with the tissues but I'm worried about hurting him. Do you know of any videos that show the goop being removed?
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Re: Eye Infection?

Postby Blackenedsabbath » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:35 am

Yesterday was the first day I tried the Polysporin eye drops, I was told to put them in twice a day. I think they may have helped as today Pancake opened his eye with no problem at all. However, there's still the goop, although now it looks much clearer.

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This was his eye yesterday, the layer of goo is pretty thin but you can see it on the bottom of his eyelid.

This is his eye today
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It's kind of hard to see in the picture but it almost looks like a clear/slightly cloudy film.

His vision doesn't seem to be affected, he chased crickets and a soldier fly for breakfast with no problem.

But I'm still having issues trying to get the goo out of his eye to see if it comes back or not. I don't know if it's just because I'm overthinking while I'm doing it because I don't what to hurt him or what :( Is it okay to put an extremely light amount of pressure on the goo? Or should it just kind of adhere to the tissue when I try to take it out?


UPDATE: The goo came out of his eye on its own yesterday, it looked like it had a little piece of shed stuck in it. So he's all good :D
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