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A few weeks ago my leopard gecko had a flake of skin stuck to his one eye. I read about the possible solutions and got it to detach by holding a warm damp cloth to his eye multiple times a day. It eventually just rubbed off. He opened his eye immediately, but it was very cloudy. Within two days, neither of his eyes would open. They are still both closed. He seems very stress-free, is eating and drinking, does not to seem to have lost any weight and his tail is the same thickness it was. I can hold him without startling him, and am confident I could apply any treatment to his eyes. I feel terrible for him but the only vet willing to see him would require me doing an emergency visit (regardless of day or time) and them calling in the ophthalmologist, which scares the crap out of my wallet!! Any suggestions?


Hello Kasey,

I am sorry about his eyes.  When that happens, normally it traps bacteria underneath & causes an eye infection.
Have you tried a sterile saline solution in his eyes yet?  That can help clean his eyes out.  
You could try using some antibiotic eye ointment in his eyes also.  You may be able to find some at your local pet store, or feed supply store.
I sell some also, online, if you are not able to find any.  
Do you have a moist humid hide/cave for him in his tank on the warm side of his tank?

Is he still eating righit now?



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Tracie Kretzschmar


I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.


I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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