Right eye looks normal, left is always squinting?

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Right eye looks normal, left is always squinting?

Postby ncbiggins » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:13 pm

My blue tounge is just over a month old, I got him/her three days ago and noticed that the left eye was constantly squinting, the skink also seems bothered by at as he/she rubs it every once and a while. The one hat is open is the right and the squinted is the left. Thought it could be residual shed so I might try gentle brushing the area with a warm wash cloth.
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Re: Right eye looks normal, left is always squinting?

Postby kayla990 » Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:06 am

Looks like there are stuck shed scales on their head (which is likely why you will have seen the head rubbing). I don't have experience with Northerns, but inital thoughts are to provide a luke warm soak to try loosen up the scales. Do they have a place to bathe themselves for future sheds? I'd say if you do use the warm wash cloth, just to be careful and allow time for the water to 'soak in' before it's expected for the scales to loosen.

With the eye squinting, it may also be from them closing an eye from a bright light - or can be a behavioural reaction (i.e. if they aren't wanting to make eye contact!). Hopefully you'll get a more informed answer soon :D
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Re: Right eye looks normal, left is always squinting?

Postby kingofnobbys » Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:37 am

I can't see any evidence of any left over residual shed on his eyelids. Or any evidence of any like pus or a dry crust. I think he's just got an itchy or sore irritated eye.

What are you using as a UV source ?
brand ?
type (compact , t8 , t5ho, mvb ) ?
uvb rating ?
wattage ?
distance from basking spot ?

Asking because many pet shop lizard tank kits come with very dodgey cheap Chinese UVB globe and tube clones and these have very poor quality quartz in the globe/tube (which tends to leak harmful bands of UVB and UVC) and very poor quality phospores which also do not emit nice reptile safe UV spectra) and this is a known cause of photoconjunctivitis.
Try turning off the UV source for a few days and see if the squinting stops.

Another none infection source is dust irritating an eye , or maybe a filament of the mulch type material I can see in your photo has found it's way between the eyeball and lid or eyesocket and this is very unconfortable for him - this will need a vet with jeweler's loop to check and maybe then it can washed away by the vet irrigating the sore eye with a saline eye wash.
BTs love to tunnel through their substrate and fossick for insects in it , so are prone to getting stuff from the substrate in the eyes....dust and flecks and filaments in particular.
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Re: Right eye looks normal, left is always squinting?

Postby splashy07 » Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:06 am

He definitely has leftover un-shed scales on his head, you could try the warm cloth thing and give him a 'humid hide' for when shedding is imminent. I know a lot of you use aspen for Northerns but I found it too dry and irritating, causing them to sneeze a lot and shed improperly. When I switched over to repti-bark and similar type substrates all the eye issues, sneezing, and shedding problems disappeared. Just something to consider.
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Re: Right eye looks normal, left is always squinting?

Postby Janella » Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:30 am

I couldn't agree more with Splashy. Definitely stuck she'd on the head. Highly recommend if you is Aspen to switch substrates.
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Re: Right eye looks normal, left is always squinting?

Postby ncbiggins » Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:26 pm

Totally forgot my password but turns out she had some stuck shed, warm washcloth did it.

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