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    OK, not a gecko - an anole, but I'm hoping someone might be able to give me some suggestions. My Cuban False Chameleon, TBD (who is my favorite herp) and has chameleon-type eyes, is about 16 months old. I've had him for 15 of those months. He is active, very sociable, is a healthy weight, sheds regularly, and is currently in an Exo Terra 18x18x36 newly bioactive tank (for about 2 months now). Last week I noticed one of his eyes bulges a bit. Not the eye itself, but the scales/skin surrounding the eye. He follows movement. He is not lethargic. But he doesn't seem to be eating as much as he used to either. From what I've been googling, it sounds like a Vitamin A deficiency. He eats Pangea occasionally (all flavors), and gets dusted and gut-loaded dubia roaches twice a week, and a couple of superworms on the weekends. I dust with Zoo Med Repti-Calcium with d3, and he has an Arcadia Shadedweller UVB tube light on for 12 hours a day, since he is diurnal, and a basking light for 4 hours a day. Temps are between 70 at night and 75 daytime. Warmer near the basking light. He gets misted lightly in the morning and heavily at night. The superworms are fed carrots and cucumbers, which they devour. The roaches get a variety of food - Pangea P.I.G., some mushy bananas and blueberries when I have them, Josh's Frogs Roach Rations, and adult bearded dragon pellets.

    I have a vet appointment for him on Tuesday, the soonest I could get him in. He is not lethargic, and the vet felt that he would be OK through the weekend. In the meantime, I've ordered Repashy's Super-Vite that has retinol and beta-carotene in it, and will dust the roaches with that for one of the weekly feedings, and do the calcium/d3 for the other feeding. Is there anything else that I might be doing wrong, or could improve on to keep this from happening in the future? I will ask the vet on Tuesday, but wanted to check in here as well, as you all are a wealth of knowledge. I absolutely love this little guy, and want him to live a long and healthy, happy life!
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    TBD (Tiny Badass Dragon) - Western Bearded Anole 1.0.0

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    I think the planned vet visit is a great idea. Sometimes it's not vitamin A, but an infection that can be cured with antibiotics.

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    I'm starting to lean toward that too, or an injury. He ate a few superworms today, so his appetite is good, he's definitely still active, no signs of MBD. Hoping we can get it resolved.
    Eileen and Repti-Friends
    TAD (Tiny Ancient Dinosaur) - Crested Gecko 1.0.0
    Hidey - Gargoyle Gecko 0.1.0
    OhGee (Office Gecko) - Bauer's Chameleon Gecko 1.0.0
    TBD (Tiny Badass Dragon) - Western Bearded Anole 1.0.0

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