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    Hello,
    I am a recent gecko owner. Iíve had my little guy for about 6 months now. I got him when he was brand new and everything was going great up until a few weeks ago. I noticed he had something in his eyes and upon further investigation it appeared to be stuck shed. I took him to a reptile care center and they confirmed that it was just that. So they told me to use saline solution and flush his eyes. I did just that. Every night Iíd take him out and gently moistened his eyes. But that didnít work. He soon stopped eating and after about three days I took him to a reptile vet specialist. He said he was quite sure what it was but gave me antibiotic eye drops to try. After about four days he wanted to see him back. The eye drops of course weíre not working. So the vet kept him over night and removed the shed the next day. It was definitely shed. Now I have him back home and itís been almost a week and he still canít open his eyes. Iíve had to spoon feed him and he barely takes that.

    To tell you a little about the enclosureÖ he has three hides, a cool hide, moist, and hot. I have a heat mat I keep on for him 24/7 and I use a halogen bulb during the day hours. The tank is about 90 F on the hot side and 76 F on the cool side. Tank humidity stays at around 40-45%. He eats crickets and meal worms with calcium powder and a vitamin supplement once a week with vitamin D3. He is super healthy other than his eyes. I have spent over $400 just trying to fix his eyes and Iím running out of financing and heís not better. I need help or suggestions at least!!

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    Not being a vet, there's a limit to how much I can help. Often, as you've found, the stuck shed in the eye can't be flushed out, it has to be removed with tweezers. If it's there long enough, it can cause an infection which could be localized to the eye or can be systemic. That's why the vet prescribed antibiotics I imagine. Some antibiotics cause a loss of appetite. You might want to ask the vet if there's any possibility that the gecko needs some oral antibiotics instead of something localized to the eye. It also might improve as more time goes by. Keep us posted.

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    Iíve had my little guy for about 6 months now. I got him when he was brand new and everything was going great up until a few weeks ago.

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    To tell you a little about the enclosureÖ he has three hides, a cool hide, moist, and hot. I have a heat mat I keep on for him 24/7 and I use a halogen bulb during the day hours. The tank is about 90 F on the hot side and 76 F on the cool side. Tank humidity stays at around 40-45%. He eats crickets and meal worms with calcium powder and a vitamin supplement once a week with vitamin D3. He is super healthy other than his eyes. I have spent over $400 just trying to fix his eyes and Iím running out of financing and heís not better. I need help or suggestions at least!!
    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    In addition to Aliza's replies and to be pro-active, I'd like to check a few things.
    1. Are those temps floor/ground temps?
    2. What size/dimensions is your leo's enclosure?
    3. Is the humid hide on the warm side?
    4. What is the exact brand and name of your calcium supplement and your multivitamin supplement? 2 separate supplements?
    5. A leo under 1 year old often needs frequent supplements -- but NOT more frequent multivitamins than at 1 feeding per week.
    6. Are you feeding your mealworms & crickets ~24 hours BEFORE feeding them to your young leo?
    7. Are you having difficulty keeping the humid hide moist?
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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