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Crested Gecko Eye Infection

Eye infections are relatively common among crested geckos. They can develop eye infections, which will appear swollen and larger due to fluid build-up. Discharge and swelling can mean your gecko has an eye infection. If you feel there is something wrong with your crested gecko’s eyes, but there isn't any discharge or swelling, then your gecko may have a cataract or internal eye damage. If you suspect your gecko has an infection in the eye, seek veterinary treatment. Continue reading to find out more information on eye infections in crested geckos.

Crested Gecko Eye Infection Symptoms

  • Eye blinking and twitching
  • Baggy eye
  • Eye swelling
  • Eye discharge
  • Rubbing or scratching the eyes

What Causes Crested Gecko Eye Infection

Eye swelling is relatively common in bacterial and fungal infections. Conjunctivitis can be a sign of infection. 

Incomplete Shed

One of the most common causes can be an incomplete shed that leads to infection. This is often noticed in geckos that are kept in captivity, which can be a result of dry conditions. Ensuring your humidity and temperature are at optimal can help improve the shedding process.

Ticks and Mites

Eye infections can be exacerbated by ticks and mites. Mites can get into the tank through food sources, substrate, and more.

Blocked Tear Duct

A blocked tear duct can also result in the backing up of the tear secretion, which can cause the tear duct to block. As the fluid content rises, it can contain bacteria, which can result in an eye infection.

Ulcers

Corneal disease happens from time to time. This can be a result of foreign bodies or trauma to the eye. Ulcers require veterinary treatment, which may involve sutures and antibiotics to treat.

Uveitis

This is an eye inflammation that affects the middle layers of tissue you find in the eye. Signs include red eyes, blurred vision, and more. It is not very common in crested geckos, but it can result in infection. It is often a post hibernation disease.

Tumors

Neoplasms are abnormal growths that are best known as tumors, they occur around the eye and can be a sign of an underlying infection.

Treatment

Treating eye infections in crested geckos include topical antibiotics, systemic antibiotics along with flushing, and cleaning the infected area to achieve the best results.

Prevention

Prevention is always better than cure. Being proactive helps to prevent eye infections.

  • Provide a clean and stable habitat
  • Handle your reptile pet with care
  • Maintain optimal enclosure conditions, use a digital thermometer and hygrometer
  • Water and substrate must be kept clean
  • Choose substrate with care. Stay away from gravel, crushed walnut shells, and anything that is sharp and can cause an eye injury.
  • Smooth any edges in the crested gecko’s enclosure
  • Provide a well-balanced diet.

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