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    Unhappy Sick Gecko eye problems, need advice on giving meds into a closed eye and recent fall


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    Hello! For context: I have a 6 yr old female leopard gecko whose eye was closed and looked really weird and mucus-y when it was opened. I took her to the vet who couldn't find ulcers but also told me the area was very inflamed and painful, and they managed to rinse out some thick mucus pieces. They perscribed an anti-inflammatory and an antibiotic just in case.

    Giving her the eyedrops is difficult because she likes to keep her eye closed. I usually moisten it with a warm q tip, then take tweezers to gently nudge the eye open (i do not grab the eyelid, i use the textured piece like you would a finger and gently push the eyelids up/down.) Once it stays open I put the first drop in, and then she can open her eye easier so I can put the 2nd after 5 minutes passed since the first one (to make sure all the medicine gets in and isn't rinsed out by the 2nd drop) This works fine... But she gets very fussy. She normally isnt so difficult, but I guess since her meds she has been stressed. She stopped eating, but her tail is still very plump and activity levels are normal.

    Another issue: today this morning while giving her meds successfully, I was lowering her into her tank... She grabbed the edge, pulled herself over it, fell about 4 ft, flipped over and landed on her BACK and maybe the top of her head. I was extremely worried, she seems fine right now, she moved around normally when i put her back and was climbing around trying to find where she wants to settle. Now she is resting in her warm hide, which is what she has been doing a lot recently since the meds started.

    My questions:

    any advice on how to get eye meds into a closed tight eye? My method works but it may be stressful...

    If she seems normal after a fall, even if it is on her back... Should that be fine? I am going to monitor her closely today to make sure she is acting normally, or as normally as she can be acting since meds have started.

    I am trying to make a follow up appointment but in my area clinics are busy till 2 weeks and I had to take her to an emergency hospital who had an exotics vet just to look at her eye initially.
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    My questions:

    any advice on how to get eye meds into a closed tight eye? My method works but it may be stressful...
    I think you're doing a great job! You're giving the meds an opportunity to seep into your leo's eye before she shuts it.

    If she seems normal after a fall, even if it is on her back... Should that be fine? I am going to monitor her closely today to make sure she is acting normally, or as normally as she can be acting since meds have started.
    Give your leo a couple days to rest & recover. Then please post a 6o second video of your leo walking around on a solid surface like a carpet.

    I am trying to make a follow up appointment but in my area clinics are busy till 2 weeks and I had to take her to an emergency hospital who had an exotics vet just to look at her eye initially.
    Just keep up meds for as long as the ER exotics vet advised. If your wait for a subsequent appointment is longer than the ER vet suggested, please call the ER to see what to do until you can see another exotics vet.

    Please post a picture of your leo, even before you share a video.

    Also list her supplements: brand, exact name, & frequency you use them. Some multivitamins are better than others in preventing eye problems.
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