Swollen/shut eye

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Swollen/shut eye

Postby spaceballs » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:18 pm

Hi all,

Any help would be greatly appreciated. My girl is keeping her eye shut mostly and it’s a little swollen. We rescued her, she was on deaths door when we adopted her about 2 years ago (abandoned outside in winter) she was a baby and had all the signs of MBD. She’s doing well now but one of her eyes has always looked blueish with a weird pupil. Lately it’s been looking swollen and she keeps it mostly shut. Thoughts? Any idea what it could be? Pics are attached. Thank you so much! We are worried about her. [Click image to enlarge]
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Re: Swollen/shut eye

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:55 pm

What are you using for a UVB? Coil or tube? And what substrate is she on?
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Re: Swollen/shut eye

Postby spaceballs » Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:22 pm

Thank you for responding! We use tube. And I use a fleece substrate and put a tiny bit of sand underneath her hiding log.
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Re: Swollen/shut eye

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:59 pm

It could be she got sand in her eye and this is whats irritating it --- I would get rid of it and use some paper towels for now or invest in some NON adhesive shelf liner from your local home improvement store -- its cheap easy to clean and the insects cant get underneath-- the UVB is a good one like a Reptisun 10.0 bulb? You can use some saline solution to rinse her eye and then use some honey mixed w / a little warm water and apply w/ a Q tip - see if that starts to heal it -make sure there are NO crickets in the tank left over nite - they will go straight for that eye --- some others on here might have another idea for the eye as well -
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Re: Swollen/shut eye

Postby spaceballs » Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:38 pm

Karrie thank you so much for your suggestion and response I appreciate it!! I will definitely get the sand out of there and try the shelf adhesive. Good idea! And yes it is that reptisun 10 bulb! She’s not the best hunter so I monitor her feeding in a separate tank. No feeders in her primary tank!
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Re: Swollen/shut eye

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:39 pm

Ok so the UVB where do you have it at? And is it the T 5 or the T 8 - ? they have different distances they need to be that is why I am asking-- are you feeding her salads every day?
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Re: Swollen/shut eye

Postby spaceballs » Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:43 pm

We try to feed her salads every day but she is picky. She is a little overweight right now so we are doing our best to limit fatty insects and giving her dubias 2-3x per week and greens the rest of the week. And it’s a T-8.
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Re: Swollen/shut eye

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:44 pm

And you have the T 8 placed inside the tank ? Approx 8-10 inches from basking decor? If the eye thing does not clear up you may want to take her into the vet --- here is a website to find a vet if you dont have one --- www.arav.org
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Re: Swollen/shut eye

Postby spaceballs » Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:49 pm

It is resting on top of the tank. Not inside. But yes I am going to try your suggestions. If it doesn’t clear up there is an exotic vet few towns over I will bring her to. Thank you again Karrie :)
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Re: Swollen/shut eye

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:51 pm

Ok the T 8 should be inside the tank -- approx 8-10 inches from her basking spot -- the screen is filtering 30% of those rays --- and NO cover on the fixture covering the bulb - it needs to be exposed --- the bulb should be changed out every 6 months as well - you can hang the fixture w/ long plastic zip ties -- fishing line --- 3M velcro fasteners --- picture wire hanger -- shoe laces --
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Re: Swollen/shut eye

Postby spaceballs » Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:47 pm

I will grab some zip ties. You’re right that is a good idea!!
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Re: Swollen/shut eye

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:55 pm

Her appetite should increase w/ the better exposure to the UVB rays--
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Re: Swollen/shut eye

Postby spaceballs » Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:30 pm

I hope so because I noticed she doesn’t have the best appetite. I am going to cut some holes in the screen and hang it underneath with zip ties :) you have been so helpful and I hope these changes help. Thank you so much!!!!
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Re: Swollen/shut eye

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:36 pm

Keep us posted on her eye- I would apply the honey/ mixture a couple times a day-- let us know if she starts eating better
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Re: Swollen/shut eye

Postby spaceballs » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:16 pm

Hi KarrieRee,

Thank you again for all your suggestions. We did make the modifications you suggested, and it turns out her eye shed! Though weeks later, she is still not eating much.I just made a new post explaining everything, as we are giving her critical care. I have posted it in BeardieER. A copy of the message below:

She is 1 year old and she has not been interested in eating in eating on her own at all! We've been giving her water with liquid calcium (properly diluted) (she is drinking fine) as well as critical care (omnivore). She isn't interested in worms, dubias, veggies, etc.

She seems a lethargic, but she has always sort of been on the lazy side.

About two weeks ago, we did a nice thorough clean of her tank and got new bulbs as well as placed the UV inside her tank (lowered it so it would not be blocked by the mesh screen topper). Her temperatures on both sides are correct.

Today I gave her a warm soak and she pooped and her urine was orange/yellowish? She did not struggle to go to the bathroom or anything, but it looks strange (please see the picture). Can anyone please provide me with any ideas as to why her urine is that color, her low activity, and why she isn't interested in eating? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these crazy times! [Click image to enlarge]
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