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    Hi,

    I have a 4yr old leopard gecko. She never normally has any issue with shedding. Last week she had her shed but I noticed a few days later that her eyes were shut and she hadnt eaten anything since.

    I tried giving putting her in a humid hide, and hoping that helped. I also tried gently rubbing her eyes with a damp cotton tip.

    Still no luck. I booked her in at our reputable exotic vets for monday. He saw her but due to covid I wasnt aloud in. He said that he had taken a lot of skin cells out of her eye and that she has a possible absess under her right eye and will possibly need surgery next week.

    So I brought her home and put her back in her viv. Her eyes remained shut. I rang the vets back and asked him to resee her to check in her as she wasnt eating or drinking.

    He saw her this morning, he gave her an antibiotic injection and eye drops. He says I've got to open her eyes to put these in.

    My problem is her eyes are STILL shut. And she hates being handled so I cant pick her up. My family are frightened of her as she bites so they wont assist me.

    Am i being overly worried that her eyes STILL arnt opening or am i expecting a miracle too quick? And any advice for getting the eye drops in?


    I have also disinfected her whole vivarium, and stripped it back to basics. Water bowl, vitamin bowl, humid and hot hide and shes on paper towel. Shes never being on loose substrate.

    Many thanks for your help!

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    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    Which powdered supplements do you use for your leo? Please list brand name and frequency of dosage. A bit of Vitamin A acetate (retinol) promotes eye health.

    Can you order a LARGE humid hide like this one? I bought mine from Amazon. My leo loves it. Keep it on the warm end right next to the warm dry hide. Just keep the basin on top filled with water.

    Method #6 -- Proactive Method
    Here's an excellent proactive approach! This terra cotta cave will keep your leo's humidity higher 24/7. Since the humidification cave is made from clay, colors vary some. Use this cave + an 8 ounce water dish for your leopard gecko.

    July 2020: My leo loves her new large humid hide! She uses it independently. I place that hide on a textured ceramic tile on the warm end and place sphagnum moss inside as a bedding. Fill the reservoir/basin on the top daily.

    Click: https://www.amazon.com/OMEM-Reptiles.../dp/B01M1NTI44

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    Large (for ALL leopard geckos): 5.9'' x 4.72'' x 3.74''


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    Hi thanks for your reply.

    She already has a humid hide with damp sphagnum moss in which she regularly uses.

    I use nutrobal and apply as recommended on the tub. A small pinch for about 25 crickets. I use this on her feeds Monday-Friday. On weekends I use live foods boostrr for leopard geckos by komodo. I also leave about a teaspoon of pure calcium in her viv for whenever she wants it.

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    To get the antibiotic in her eye: wrap her in a towel so only her head sticks out. Dip your (clean) finger in water and put a drop on her eye which may help her open it. If so, be prepared to put the drops in. If not, hold your "gecko taco" between your knees, use one finger to gently pull down the lower eyelid and use the other hand to put in the drops. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    To get the antibiotic in her eye: wrap her in a towel so only her head sticks out. Dip your (clean) finger in water and put a drop on her eye which may help her open it. If so, be prepared to put the drops in. If not, hold your "gecko taco" between your knees, use one finger to gently pull down the lower eyelid and use the other hand to put in the drops. Good luck!

    Aliza
    This seems like a good method. I'm scared of squeezing her haha. We seem to be coping quite well with me putting a box on one side of her head and sneaking the dropper behind her and quickly dropping it on her eyelid. Then with a clean finger or cotton bud if shes in a bad mood gently rub it in. She soon opens her eye and you can see the drop go in. She then trys to kick the drops out!

    Thanks for your help I'll try this too and see what works best. Her 'good eye's is no longer sticking but she wants to keep it shut. Her 'bad eye's with the abssess is remaining shut even with the drop in. She is trying to open it tho.

    Many thanks
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    I hope things go well. Keep us posted.

    Aliza

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