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Why does my leopard gecko keep squinting?

Asked by leopardgecko123 (761 points ) May 28th, 2011 from iPhone

My Leo, Charlie, has been squinting lately. I don’t think it’s because he does not like the light because he squints in the dark too. He has been doing it for about a week and a half now and I’m worried something is wrong with him. I’ve heard that Leos squint because of a bad shed, but I thought that he might have gotten sand in his eye. Why is he squinting and is there a home remedy for it?

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biz's avatar

My wife is a wildlife rehabilitation specialist so she deals with a very wide range of animals. Her advice is that symptoms of illness or distress in reptiles can be very subtle and if you notice anything different in behavior, however slight, should mean a trip to the vet. It could be an eye infection, it could be something completely different, or he could just be chilly but to be on the safe side, call the vet and make an appointment.

Plucky's avatar

There are several reasons your gecko could be squinting:
– loose substrate (like sand, gravel, lizard litter, etc)
– nutritional deficiency
– infection
– injury
– retained eyecaps (bad shedding)

Get rid of your current substrate right away (I know pet stores recommend it but they are wrong). The most common cause of eye issues in geckos is loose substrate. A bit of sand in the eye can cause very bad infections ..which can even cause blindness and/or the need for surgical removal of the eye. Loose substrate can also cause respiratory problems and impaction/compaction (from the gecko ingesting the loose substrate). The best substrate are the solid types like: reptile carpet, non-stick shelf paper/liner, paper towel, plain newspaper and ceramic tiles.

If Charlie is acting normal, other than the squinting, you can gently clean his eyelids with a lukewarm cloth. Also, try a few drops of preservative-free saline solution (like people use for their contact lens) twice a day. Do this for about a week. If he does not get better, or gets worse, take him to a reptile vet.

If Charlie is not acting normal (not eating, lethargic, etc), he should be taken to a reptile vet. He may need antibiotics for an infection, eyecap removal ..or treatment for an injury.

fundevogel's avatar

I suspect your lizard may be channeling a shifty character. Possibly Peter Lorre. Do not worry. He is mostly harmless.

Ltryptophan's avatar

I must answer with a question.

Do they make sunglasses for leopard geckos?

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