Swollen Eye, won't open.


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About your leo:
- Female
- 4 years or so. not sure on the weight, the smallest of three that i have.
- How long have you owned your leo : since she was hatched from breeder.

A) Health/History
- How often do you handle your leo : was weekly, less so now.
- Is your leo acting any different today? no, other than a little lazier.
- Has he/she had any problems in the past, if so please describe. no past issues. never been a huge eater though.
B) Fecals : great.
- Describe (look any different than normal)
- When was the last time he/she went: this past week.
C) Problem
- Please briefly describe the problem and how long it has been going on

first noticed it today. she had one of her eyes shut. kind of looked a little swollen, almost how it looks when they have some shed left on their eyelids. but i was looking and couldnt see any shed. she's a super snow and its hard to distinguist the old from the new. she had it completely shut. i thought maybe she had been through a shed earlier in the week and i missed it and maybe there was some on there and she was just holding it shut so i took a wet q-tip to apply a little water. when she opened her eye the actual ball was swollen out and looked torn or smashed. she has completely black eyes, but the clear part of the eyeball was what was swollen or stiking out, though it could have been fluid from some type of infection??

A) Enclosure
- Large long exoterra
- glass tank)
- Tile
- two rock cave enclosures and some wood in the middle
B) Heating
- Heat source 25w lamp, and underbelly heater(external of tank)
- Cage temps (hot side, cool side) 85/65
- Method of regulating heat source
- What are you using to measure your temps exoterra digital hygrometer and thermometer
- Do you have any lights (describe) two flourescent low temp bulbs for light only and one heat lamp 25amp red.
C) Cage mates
- How many (males, females) two females both bigger than her.
- Describe health, or previous problems just always been on the petite side. good eater though, just a little skinny.

Describe Diet:
A) Typical diet
- What you're feeding (how often, how much) 50 crickets dusted every other week. treat with worms occasionally, not for a while though.
- How are you feeding (hand fed, left in dish, ect) they like to hunt.
B) Supplements (describe how often) calcium with and without d3, i alternate between
- What vitamin/minerals are you using (list brands) im not sure on the brand the label came off.
- What are you gut loading food with gelatin gut load.

Please help. i can post pictures next time i get her eye to open.

has anybody ever had this problem before?


Staff member
Somerville, MA
There are a number of ways a gecko can end up with an eye problem including both some kind of trauma as well as a bacterial infection. I'm afraid you're going to have to get her to a reptile vet. If you don't know where one is in your area check out arav.org.