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Leopard Gecko Eye Problems with Shedding

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    Hi there, my brother has been keeping a leopard gecko for about a year now, in a 30 gallon breeder with playsand as bedding with a red night light . The temperature is usually about 80 degrees Fahrenheight measured with a small thermometer and we have no idea what the humidity is, I'm assuming that it's about 40 - 50 because that's the normal range in our house. He's been feeding her mealworms and just cleaned out the cage which he is cleaning every two months.

    The problem that we've been noticing - is that her eyes are constantly irritated by the shedding which could possibly be due to the low humidity ((I don't know for sure because it's not my animal and I have 2 Cresteds)) but her right eye looks really, really swollen and had lost its color, turning a pale lavender grey which is what we're really concerned about. Her other eye looks like it may be infected and her snout is... With water dragons we call it snout or mouth rot and that's what it's beginning to look like in my opinion. I'll try to get pictures up, but if you have any helpful information we'd love to hear it.

    We're also going to take her to the vet Wednesday because that's the earliest we could get her in.

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    Re: Leopard Gecko Eye Problems with Shedding

    Do you offer her a humid hide? I have a cave in my leo's tank I fill with damp moss, that helps her when she is going to shed. I would remove the sand that could be the cause of the irritation in her eye. I would keep her on paper towels until it clears up.
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    Re: Leopard Gecko Eye Problems with Shedding

    Agreed^. Cloudiness in the eyes is often a sign of eye infections, which do require veterinary intervention and sometimes systemic antibiotics (as the infection can spread). This may be what you're seeing with the mouth, as mouthrot itself is not really a condition, but more of a symptom of an underlying issue. If eye infections are left for too long, it can result in blindness, so it's good that you're taking her to the vet.

    Can you see if there's anything in the eye (e.g. sand particles, leftover shed)? If so, a saline rinse could also help.
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    Re: Leopard Gecko Eye Problems with Shedding

    I don't know how much things have changed while I was away, (lol) I also would get the Leo out of sand substrate. This will only aggravate the eyes. (I went with paper towels, you can also use reptile carpet.)
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    Re: Leopard Gecko Eye Problems with Shedding

    I too would ditch the sand. Leopard Geckos do not live on sand dunes.
    And depending on what kind of thermometer, your temperature readings may or may not be accurate.
    If they are accurate it isn't warm enough. I recommend a basking area of 90-95 degrees.
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    Re: Leopard Gecko Eye Problems with Shedding

    Alright, well, they took her to the vet, and so far its mostly bad news. She has an eye infection in both eyes, and when they took her, the vet pulled out a pretty big some of dried mucus from one of her eyes. We've been giving her soaks now for roughly twenty minutes to help her shed and we've gotten off all of the remaining shed off of her toes. After that, we're putting eye drops in her eyes that we got from the vet and thirty minutes after that we're putting on an ointment. This I believe is supposed to be done every 8 hours.

    More bad news, she is blind seemingly so in both eyes, but there may be hope for one I think because she can respond to light on one side, but the other is cloudy and shows no signs that she can see with it. We're also trying to get her to eat more, and I'm not sure if she's been eating at all since before the vet visit. We're feeding her in a controlled environment although she still refuses to eat.

    We are now offering her a humid hide as well, filled with wet sphagnum moss in a plastic Tupperware container. And we also replaced the thermometer and hygrometer with ones that i know to work that are zoomed brand.

    We also took out the sand and replaced it with newspaper as recommended

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    Re: Leopard Gecko Eye Problems with Shedding

    If she has limited vision, she may require hand-feeding, so this is something to consider if she goes without eating on her own for much longer.

    I'm sorry the diagnosis you received wasn't very good; hopefully the eye drops will help somewhat. Leopard geckos are hardy and adaptable lizards though, and in time, she should be just fine with what she has to work with. Keep her tank minimalistic - no high decor that she could fall off of, no rough decor she could injure herself on, and when handling, be wary that her lack of vision may make her more nervous and stressed so you'll need to take precautions to ensure she doesn't jump or bolt and fall.
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