Leopard Gecko Shed in/around eye, can I help?

JosephB1153

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Hi there! We just adopted a couple of geckos that needed to be rehomed, and we have them fully set up with a 20g enclosure with a moist hide, a warm hide, a cool hide, and several other implements, and they seem happy and they're eating and generally enjoying life. But, one of them has come to us with some shed skin which is keeping both of it's eyes covered. We think it was due to low humidity and improper conditions in their last home.

I really want to help our gecko, and we want to make sure it doesn't happen again in the future. Has anyone seen this happen before, and done something which helps? Or, should I take it straight to the vet as soon as I can? Any advice would be wonderful. I'm going to add pics as well.
 

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acpart

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You're right, you need to get the shed off. Wet a paper towel and dab at the area with the shed to moisten it. Hold the gecko against your abdomen or chest and use a tweezer to pull the shed off. I used to worry about getting so close to the eye with a tweezer, but it worked fine. If you're really worried, try your fingernails. The next time it sheds, it may have the same problem (I often pull off stuck shed from my geckos' toes or eyes) so keep an eye (so to speak) on it and be prepared to do it again if necessary.

Aliza
 

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