My beardie Atlas' eye

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My beardie Atlas' eye

Postby wendysn63 » Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:26 pm

Atlas has clear drainage from his left eye. It does look kinda different from the right but there is no obvious sign of injury or discolored. We have mats not loose substrate. Can anyone help me out here? We have just spent around $500 on healthcare for our field dragon Simi who seems to be under the weather so if there's any home remedy we can do for Atlas any feedback would be greatly appreciated
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Re: My beardie Atlas' eye

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:53 pm

A lot of times eye issues are caused by coil bulbs any kind -- loose substrate or certain MVB's -- and colored bulbs--- are you using any of those?
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Re: My beardie Atlas' eye

Postby wendysn63 » Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:06 pm

Actual we took your advice and don't use coil bulbs however, we have one of them purple lights used only at night but, he doesn't stay in the enclosure every night. Also we are not using substrate...we have a mat for the enclosure.
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Re: My beardie Atlas' eye

Postby KarrieRee » Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:10 pm

Get rid of the purple bulb-- they can cause long term eye damage ---- see if the eye clears up -- in the mean time try using some regular saline no contact lens stuff wash out the eye then get some raw unpasteurized honey like Manuka honey example and apply to the eye --- it is a antibacterial and will kill any infection going on - apply w/a q tip and DO NOT leave any crickets in the tank -- they will go straight for the eye --- if that does not clear the problem up a trip to the vet would be in order
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Re: My beardie Atlas' eye

Postby wendysn63 » Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:07 pm

Okay we will certainly lose the purple bulb. We never feed bugs to our babies in the enclosure. Once in a while we let them take a hornworm but they jump at taking them out of our hands. Thank you Karrie. You and cooperdragon have been very helpful since we've been using this site.
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Re: My beardie Atlas' eye

Postby Drache613 » Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:45 am

Hello,

A lot of people use Halogen flood or spot PAR38 bulbs that are very bright & do tend to get
hot so they are perfect for basking light. Colored lights are hard on their eyes simply because
the pupil dilates because there isn't enough brightness to allow the pupil to fully constrict.
Have you been flushing out the eye with sterile saline solution to see if that helps out?

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Re: My beardie Atlas' eye

Postby wendysn63 » Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:22 pm

I just got a hold of some saline solution this morning and it is not the contact stuff but it doesn't say exactly saline on it it's a sterile eye wash of 99% pureified water and only like 1% of whatever they're using for saline at any rate I've done that twice today so far I hope it will work out
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Re: My beardie Atlas' eye

Postby Drache613 » Fri Jun 11, 2021 11:07 pm

Hello,

That sounds perfect to use for him. The sterile saline wash should help out. Is his eye
looking better?
You can use that a couple of times per day or as needed. Let us know how things are
going for him!

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Re: My beardie Atlas' eye

Postby wendysn63 » Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:06 am

Well I got the purple light out of his house and it looks like this morning that he doesn't have as much leakage this morning and I am optimistic. I want to thank you guys for giving the advice. We love Atlas so much, and he thanks you all as well
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Re: My beardie Atlas' eye

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:23 am

I would use the saline solution on it till he stops w/ the leakage- does his eye look infected? Swelling? Or puffy? Or just leaking?
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Re: My beardie Atlas' eye

Postby wendysn63 » Sun Jun 13, 2021 11:29 am

It looks slightly puffy at the bottom but not bad not pronounced.
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Re: My beardie Atlas' eye

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Jun 13, 2021 11:31 am

Ok well keep an eye on it -- the puffiness could be shed coming on- they will puff out --- but w/ the leaking of the eye please watch it -- post back on here if you have more concerns about the eye
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Re: My beardie Atlas' eye

Postby wendysn63 » Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:50 pm

So his eye looks like it lost the little puffiness that it had and it seems as though the leakage is more after he wakes up than later in the day but I have been cleaning it twice a day and using the Manuka honey as suggested. He hasn't eaten the last four days and I'm wondering if the eye issue is keeping him from doing so?
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Re: My beardie Atlas' eye

Postby Drache613 » Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:39 am

Hello,

That is good to hear your dragon's eye is starting to look better now. It may take awhile
for it to go back to normal.
If his eye has been bothering him that can affect his appetite, sure. Keep trying to get him
to eat because you don't want him to lose too much weight.

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Re: My beardie Atlas' eye

Postby wendysn63 » Tue Jun 15, 2021 5:15 pm

Atlas' eye looked really good this morning but, he still hasn't eaten anything. How long should I wait before I determine to force feed him? If I should even force feed him at all?
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