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Crested Gecko Cloudy Eye: Causes, Treatment and Prevention

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Crested geckos are pretty hardy and easy to take care of – but they may be more prone to eye-related problems because they lack eyelids.

Eye problems are fairly common in crested geckos, and one of the most common eye-related problems faced by crested geckos is the cloudy eye.

There are various causes of the cloudy eye in crested geckos – from improper shedding to UVB exposure and more.

The remedy for some causes is fairly simple, while for others you may need to take some extra care of your crested gecko.

Key Takeaway:
A cloudy eye in crested geckos can be due to several reasons. The best way to treat cloudy eyes is to know what’s the cause and take the appropriate action. Most of the time, that’s taking your crestie to the vet.

What Is Cloudy Eye In Crested Geckos?

Cloudy eyes are exactly what they sound like – it is when the eyes of your crested gecko look foggy or misty – as if covered in smoke.

Your crested gecko can experience cloudy eyes in either one or both of its eyes.

Crested geckos do not have eyelids. T

hat’s why, especially as a new crested gecko owner, you may not be able to judge whether your crested gecko is facing some eye-related issue or is it normal.

But you should always remember that if you see such a cloudy, smoky appearance in your crested gecko’s eyes, it is not normal.

You should dig deeper and find out the cause and remedy quickly.

Causes Of Cloudy Eye In Crested Geckos

There are 5 common reasons behind the cloudy eye of your crested gecko.

1 – Retained Eye Cap (Stuck Shed)

Retained eye cap due to improper shedding is the most common cause of cloudy eyes in crested geckos.

Shedding happens regularly with crested geckos. It is a completely normal process. But what is not normal is when the shedding does not happen completely or properly.

Either due to dehydration or any other illness or due to improper environmental conditions, if your crested gecko is not able to completely shed off all of its skin, it can lead to problems.

The dead skin can get accumulated anywhere – at the base of the tail, between toes, and yes, even right above the eye.

When this dead skin gets stuck above the eye, it is called retained eye cap, and it can cause cloudiness in the eyes of your crested gecko.

2 – Bacterial Infection

A relatively less common, but still not unusual, reason behind cloudy eyes in crested geckos is a bacterial infection.

In order to identify if an infection could have caused the cloudiness of your crested gecko’s eyes, you need to observe the affected eye carefully.

Do you see any discharge or pus oozing out?

If yes, then take your crested gecko to the vet quickly. This could be a bacterial infection and needs medical treatment.

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Bacteria infection can cause cloudy eye

3 – UVB Exposure

When used with proper caution, UVB can be beneficial for the overall well-being of your crested gecko.

But direct exposure of the crested gecko’s eyes to UVB can lead to cloudiness and disorientation.

When you get a UVB light, ensure that the does not directly point to the eye level of the crested gecko.

The best way to ensure this is to hang it on one corner of the roof of the enclosure and create a basking spot.

4 – Cataract

A cataract is a less likely cause, but as a crested gecko owner, it is important that you know what the symptoms of a cataract are.

If your crested gecko has cloudy eyes, look out for:

  • Disorientation and inability to locate food
  • Reduced appetite
  • Lethargy and reduced playfulness

These could indicate that your crested gecko is experiencing problems with its vision. If it is associated with cloudiness, it could be a cataract.

You should consult a vet and get the right treatment started right away.

5 – Injury

This is where the absence of eyelids becomes a disadvantage for crested geckos. They are more prone to injuries, or more accurately, foreign body trauma.

In simple terms, it means that your crested gecko might get leaves, insects, or other foreign bodies in its eye pretty easily and frequently.

This can sometimes lead to cloudy eyes.

How To Treat Cloudy Eye In Crested Geckos?

The treatment for each of the 5 causes of cloudy eyes in crested geckos has been given below:

1 – Treating Retained Eye Cap

Retained eye cap that happens due to incomplete shedding is a result of improper moisture and hydration.

Dehydration and low humidity make it difficult for the dead skin to fall off the crested gecko’s body.

Thus, naturally, the treatment involves restoring moisture in the tank and rehydrating the crested gecko.

Restoring Moisture Inside The Tank

  1. Readjust the humidity and temperature levels. The temperature should be between 72 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity level should be between 60 and 80 percent.
  2. Use an automatic mister. This will ensure that the tank of your crested gecko is misted regularly. Misting is essential not just to regulate the humidity level of the tank but also to keep the crested gecko hydrated.
  3. Use a silent waterfall. A silent waterfall can be a great addition to the enclosure of your crested gecko. It will regulate the humidity and ensure that your crested gecko remains hydrated.
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Automatic misters are great for maintaining humidity

Rehydrating The Crested Gecko

  1. Use Q-tip and some reptile-friendly oil to remove as much of the retained shed as you can. Gently rub a q-tip dabbed with oil on the retained eye cap. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes. Then gently rub again. The oil will help moisturize the skin and remove at least some of the retained shed easily.
  2. Make a “crested gecko sauna”. All you need to do is take a small box and make air holes in it. Then put wet towels drenched in lukewarm water on the bottom of the box and keep your crested gecko inside. This will help give your crested gecko some much-needed moisture.
  3. Use waterfalls and misters. As aforementioned, these devices will make it easier for you to ensure that your crested gecko remains hydrated.

Important Cautions:

  1. Do NOT pluck the retained eye cap on your own. This will hurt your crested gecko and stress it out.
  2. Follow the steps for rehydrating and restoring moisture, then wait for 24 hours. If, even after 24 hours of restoring and rehydrating, there is no improvement, take your crested gecko to a reptile vet. They will be able to remove the retained eye cap gently and safely.

2 – Treating Bacterial Infections

Bacterial infections cannot and should not be treated with home remedies. Always consult a reptile vet and follow their prescription.

The general prescription may include antibiotic ointments and periodic flushing of the infected eye.

3 – Treating UVB Exposure

The first thing you need to do is switch off all lights and make the room and enclosure dark.

This will have a soothing effect on the eyes of the crested gecko. Then you simply need to give it 12 to 24 hours.

In most cases, the condition improves on its own. For a few days following that, keep the enclosure exposed only to natural daylight.

If, however, the condition does not improve, consult a vet.

4 – Treating Cataracts

Much like a bacterial infection, there are not many home remedies to cure a cataract.

You will need to consult a vet in this condition too – in fact, that is the first step in diagnosing and checking if it really is a cataract.

Generally, the treatment for cataracts involves surgical removal of the lens and changes in the diet of the crested gecko.

5 – Treating Injury

Eye injuries also require consulting a vet. You cannot use OTC ointments. But following a consultation, the treatment is pretty manageable at home.

You will only need a few follow-up visits to the vet. No surgery is needed in most cases.

How To Prevent Cloudy Eye In Crested Geckos?

Prevention is always better than cure – especially when it comes to the health of our pets.

Preventing cloudy eyes in crested geckos includes:

  1. Ensuring proper diet. This will help reduce the risks of cataracts and cloudiness due to vitamin deficiency.
  2. Ensuring proper precautions while installing any lighting system. Never orient the lights in a way that directly hits the eyes of the crested gecko.
  3. Ensuring proper moisture and hydration. This will help reduce instances of stuck shed and retained eye caps due to incomplete shedding.
high humidity
Good humidity and proper diet are the best way to prevent cloudy eye in crested gckos

Summary

Crested geckos are pretty hardy. But they are also pretty sensitive to changes in moisture and temperature levels of their environment.

And they lack eyelids, which makes them more prone to foreign body trauma in their eyes.

So, a little precaution from your end can prevent eye-related issues such as cloudiness.

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