Eye Roundness?

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Eye Roundness?

Postby kihatan » Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:02 pm

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Hello all,

Today I noticed that my beardie's eyes have different roundness. Looking at the attached picture, it seems like his right eye is more round than his left. I've never noticed this before, so it may just be how he is. Putting light pressure around his eyes illicits no reactions, so it doesn't seem to be hurting.

Is this something worrysome, or is this normal?
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Re: Eye Roundness?

Postby SHBailey » Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:05 pm

Eye bulging is something beardies do, but I'm not sure if they can do it with one eye and not the other at the same time. It's normal although no one knows for sure why they do it, except maybe to help shed the skin around their eyes. Yours looks ok in the photos if that's what it is.
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Re: Eye Roundness?

Postby SavannahDragons » Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:51 pm

Yes; I think it's fine. The first time my beardies did this, I was in mystery as well, but as soon as they heard me come in, they opened their eyes and that ended.
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Re: Eye Roundness?

Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:02 am

It should be temporary , especially if a shed is coming , or the dragon has eaten.

If it persists , or worsens , I'd have a reptile vet take a good look , it may be symptomatic of a something wrong health wise. Swollen eye sockets can be indicative of several different health issues , some are life threatening .
My lovely big boy Puff had a swollen eye , turned out this was fluid pressure in the tissues and eyesocket due a large aneurism on his jugular.
Looking at your dragon , this may be just a aspect of the lighting in the photo, but it appears there may be some swelling in the area I've highlighted
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Puff's problems started like that and over a period a several months the swelling on the back of his head became very pronounced and one of his eye's very distended. Keep a very close eye on this and deal with it earlier than I did , my vet misdiagnosed the swelling as an abscess and only discovered it was a very large aneurism when he opened it up and discovered it was full of blood and very hard to repair . Puff never survived recovery after his very big operation.

If it's an aneurism , treat it early before it gets lifethreatening , and make sure to harvest and store some of the dragon's blood before surgery as it'll need transfusions , find a very good reptile vet surgeon is my advise too. Doctor Tosney (?) in the USA might be able to direct you to one in your area who has experience with dragon aneurisms.

I'd be taking photos from the same angles above and to each side of the dragon's head at least weekly , this will help you pick up any changes ( increases is swelling, or other wise ) , if thing are happening faster , then perhaps daily or every other day.
This can very important information for the vet to work off and can give the vet some clues.
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Re: Eye Roundness?

Postby SHBailey » Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:05 am

Very good advice from Kingofnobbys, and I didn't mean to imply that it was for sure nothing to worry about. By all means keep an eye on it (no pun intended :wink: ) and see a good reptile vet if it gets any worse.
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Re: Eye Roundness?

Postby kingofnobbys » Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:41 pm

Any updates on the swelling ?
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EWSs : Gutzy (F) 27Sep19, Fluffy (F) rescued injured by lawnwacker 14Nov17, Wriggles (F) - injured rescue, over 8 yrs old, RIP 2Feb16 old age. Lucky juvenile (M) - cat attack rescue (lost r-eye, broken r-lower jaw), fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.
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