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My bearded dragon has been having issues with his eyes since we got him 4 months ago. He seems to be very sensitive to any kind of uv light we put in there,  constantly keeps his eyes closed,  and has has some  crusting and discharge from his eyes.  When  we take away the source of uv he does get better in 1-2 days.  We have tried fluorescent tube (24" reptisun 10.0),  fluorescent coil (15w) ,  and mercury vapour bulb (powersun 100w). No matter what we use it seems to hurt his eyes. Terrarium is 35"ױ2" and 18" tall with lots of shade. What can we do to help him live a normal life?

Hey there, it would be helpful to know his age. I had a bearded dragon years ago who was near the end of his lifespan and started having eye problems similar to this due to organ failure but I doubt this is the case. The only sure way to figure out the problem is to visit your local herp vet, he/she will probably prescribe some type of eye drops that will help.  

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I can answer every question towards the bearded dragon except for questions that deal with sickness and disease. I can answer questions on heating and UV rays, the questions pertaining to food, habitat, bedding, breeding, egg/hatchling care, nature, and attitude are my best. Last, I cannot help you with at home sickness meds, always find a vet within your area. I can answer questions regarding body language and movement. I will try to help you to the best of my ability.


I have owned bearded dragons for over seven years and have been a breeder for two years. Caring and raising bearded dragons has been a great experience in my life and will continue to play a big role throughout my life.

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