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    Baby Beardie Eye Problem

    Im hoping someone can help me! A few days ago i noticed there was something wrong with my baby Bearded Dragons eye. It was closed but very black around the edges. I turned the UV light off for a few days and bathed him in warm water 3 days in a row. I used a q tip and rubbed his eye. He has started to open his eye a lot more yesterday and today it is open most of the time but around his eye looks dry and crusty and looks like its standing off from his face. His appetite is fine and he doesn't have any problems seeing his crickets. Please help, I'm a first time Bearded Dragon owner and owned my baby for 3-4 weeks now. He is around 2 months old. The UV is a Repti Glo 10.0 - Desert Terrarium Lamp strip light which the pet store gave me because they sold me the exact setup they had in the shop. The shop is a well trusted place and the man had his own reptiles at home. The heat is 32/35C under the basking spot and 24/28C at the cooler end. He is In a viv L 92 x W 38 x H 41cm on kitchen roll. Hope you can help me.






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    Re: Baby Beardie Eye Problem

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    I turned the UV light off for a few days and bathed him in warm water 3 days in a row. I used a q tip and rubbed his eye. He has started to open his eye a lot more yesterday and today
    What led you to believe the UV lamp was the cause of the eye disease? How far is your UV light from your dragon's closets spot? Can he readily get out of the UV? A vetrinarian would be crucial to determining the cause of the eye disease! Without pictures or descriptions of UV distances/intensities/substrate/etc. we can't even hope to help even a little.

    The shop is a well trusted place and the man had his own reptiles at home.
    Don't trust shops. Trust vets. Pet shops are massive cost centers that MUST move animals to meet the bottom line whether a delivered animal is healthy or not. Vets get paid to be experts in their field. Please establish with a quality herp vet and learn all you can from her/him. I'm glad I did, and my sick baby Bearded Dragon alive and healthy today (and about 20x the weight ).

    The heat is 32/35C under the basking spot and 24/28C at the cooler end.
    How are you measuring the basking spot temp? Are you using a analog dial? Digital probe? IR gun? A surface temperature of 32-35c, this is dangerously cold for a Bearded Dragon's basking spot. You want to aim for 40-43c surface temperature for the basking spot. Heat is absolutely critical for a reptile trying to recover from any illness - they will "run a fever" intentionally by heating up much like we do automatically.

    Your cool side temps are satisfactory, but you must bring your basking spot temp up so your reptile can thermoregulate properly. Hides are important - not just for the reptile to feel secure, but for the reptile to seek shelter from heat. In the wild, Bearded Dragons bask for brief times in extremely hot temperatures and then seek shade to get out of the heat. Supplying adequate hides will help your dragon thermoregulate per instinct.

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    I turned off the UV light because i have read that this can be the cause of some eye problems. He was very close to the UV light so i have now rearranged the wood in the vivarium so it isn't as close. I did trust the man who sold all of the equipment to me because he was a reptile owner, and only worked in the reptile house. he also gave us all of the options including what was cheaper and more expensive and what would work best for the animal. i wouldn't have bought my baby from somewhere i didn't trust or didn't believe they had the best interest in the animal. i am using a thermostat with a digital screen for temperatures. photo.jpgphoto.jpg

    his actual eyeball isn't as black as the photo, it actually looks normal its just the eyelids and skin around the eye which looks rough

    here is a better picture
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    Re: Baby Beardie Eye Problem

    I use the Repti glo 10.0 linear tube for the UVB and haven't had any problems with it affecting my Bearded Dragons eye's. Looks like a little stuck shed.
    What are you using for vitamins and minerals and how often?
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    Re: Baby Beardie Eye Problem

    I am using Vetark Nutrobal and komodo cricket dust, using both one one day and the other the next. It does look like there is something loose around his eye. is it possible for his eye to shed but nowhere else to?

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    Re: Baby Beardie Eye Problem

    Hi, does the digital thermometer have a probe, because you cannot measure the surface of an object without that (or a "Temp-gun")?
    If that was the ambient (air) temp it may be too warm.
    They can start shedding anywhere first, that includes the eyelids.
    What type and wattage of bulb are you using at the basking site?

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    Re: Baby Beardie Eye Problem

    Bearded Dragons tend to shed in sections, head, belly, back, legs, tail.
    It could be from a previous shed! I would put your UVB lights back on, It's usually the compact fluorescent that may cause problems.
    Note; If the eye seems to be inflamed then a vet trip will be necessary!
    I'll checkout the brand that you are using for vitamins and minerals, does it say if its a multivitamin or calcium or calcium withD3

    You can do what you were doing and take a wet Q tip and gently wipe around the eyes to help loosen the shed.
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    yes it does have a probe
    it is a ceramic heat bulb but I'm not sure of the wattage

    I would also like the say that it was a lot worse a few days ago as he would hardly open his eye but after a few warm baths and a bit of rubbing his eye it is getting a lot better

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    Re: Baby Beardie Eye Problem

    Are you from the UK, if so Murrindindi may know more about these suppliments
    It looks like the Nutrobal is both a vitamin and a mineral, not sure what the Komodo cricket dust is though.
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    yes i am from the Uk

    the cricket dust is 99% pure calcium

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