Eye problem

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Eye problem

Postby fredatortoise » Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:59 am

As a new member, can somebody please help with any advice about our much-loved tortoise who we have had for about 25+ years please!
She is a generally healthy female, probably about 'middle aged'?? and eats well with a balanced mix of diet, and is lively. For many years she has had occasional problems with one eye closing over and appearing red for which she has seen various vets, who could not really solve it. As it always righted itself, usually overnight, we decided not to put her through too much treatment and just to be careful to prevent any obvious cause of the trouble flaring up, such as her careering through the shrubbery, or knocking it around the edge of her house, etc. It just seems like a weakness, and once clear she can see normally. However, this same eye has now closed over again, and refuses to open. We have been back to our local vet who says that it is like a conjuctiva and the eyelid which appears to have popped out, ideally needs to be pushed back under the lower lid. The vet has tried this under local anaesthetic eye drops, but it will not stay in this position, and has warned us that the ideal situation of stitching it in place comes with an inevitable risk if the tortoise is fully aneasthatised. Naturally we don't want to risk her life for the sake of being blind in this eye, but on the other hand it is obviously troubling her to be unable to see fully. We continue to bathe it in warm water, and put the anti-biotic drops in that our vet recommended.
I'm attaching a couple of pics of this and the healthy eye, in the hope that someone may have experienced the same thing, and maybe point me in the direction of a specialist vet who can help save her sight in this eye?
Very many thanks
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Re: Eye problem

Postby Clara » Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:36 pm

Hi Nigel,

Sorry I can't offer any words of advice but hopefully by replying to your post it might draw attention from Andy or someone more knowledgeable.

Kind regards,
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Re: Eye problem

Postby Tracy33 » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:53 am

Hi there Nigel .
Sorry for your poor little one , I do hope someone comes along soon , we need Andy for this one .
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Re: Eye problem

Postby Bigjoe » Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:57 pm

Hi Nigel i can only offer my experience with eye problems as I'm still after two years dealing with one of mine with a similar problem ,first off is your vet very experienced with Torts..?..as some aren't..
Ive attached pictures of the products I've been using for two years now,we apply as often as we can on a daily basis,every hour if one of us are home..our female Horsfield came to us with both eyes shut tight ,looked as dry as a bone but with movement if you shed a shadow over her so we knew she wasn't blind..two years later still we have one eye fully healed and the other getting better by the day but as I've said it's taken a long time..one other thing we have experienced one of our males eyes will bulge when he's eating dandelions..pick him upright and the bulging disappears..I've often wondered if it may be some allergy as this only happens when dandelion is eaten..until Andy jumps in with excellent advise I'd keep the eye lubricated with eye drops..hope this helps
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Re: Eye problem

Postby ejs » Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:39 am


To answer your last point, if you go to the broad index of this site and then into health and vetinary topics you will find a list of specialist tortoise vets. Hopefully there is one in your area who may be able to help.

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Re: Eye problem

Postby Tortoise Trust » Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:40 am

Sorry - missed this one.

Yes, you need to get to a specialist vet. Hopefully, you have done by now.
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