Cocos eyes are swollen than ever!

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These are past photos of his eyes on the side!

I’ll probably take more in the morning when he wakes up!!

This little dude is my life right now! 🙏🙏🙏

I just want him well! 💜

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This is before substrate was put in!

Can it be the coconut coir?😬😬

He already had his light when I took this picture!!
 

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These are past photos of his eyes on the side!

I’ll probably take more in the morning when he wakes up!!

This little dude is my life right now! 🙏🙏🙏

I just want him well! 💜

Yes, please take more in the morning. Take them from different angles, from the side, showing the eye itself. Try to move in a bit closer if you can. That will help a lot.

It looks like the eye itself is OK. The swelling is above the eye.

I don't know how this could be the coco coir.

Does it seem like this bothers him? Does he rub his eyes with his arms? Does the eye ever look red, sore, swollen? Does he keep them open, other than sleeping? All these questions are for now...not a week ago. Just in the past 3 days.
 

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@Tom

Is there a vet on here I can talk too???
There are, but vets don't know any more than we do about tortoise care, and most of them will do harm with things like "vitamin injections" or unnecessary antibiotics. I'd bet money that a vet would diagnose this as a possible vitamin A deficiency and give your tort a vitamin A shot. Vitamin A is sometimes an aquatic turtle problem. Tort diets are already high in vitamin A typically.

There is no semester on tortoise care in vet school.

I would get yourself a regular incandescent bulb and swap it out with that bulb you found. This is the most obvious variable to check.
 

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Yes, please take more in the morning. Take them from different angles, from the side, showing the eye itself. Try to move in a bit closer if you can. That will help a lot.

It looks like the eye itself is OK. The swelling is above the eye.

I don't know how this could be the coco coir.

Does it seem like this bothers him? Does he rub his eyes with his arms? Does the eye ever look red, sore, swollen? Does he keep them open, other than sleeping? All these questions are for now...not a week ago. Just in the past 3 days.
I catch him rubbing his his eyes from time to time! At least once a day!!
 

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There are, but vets don't know any more than we do about tortoise care, and most of them will do harm with things like "vitamin injections" or unnecessary antibiotics. I'd bet money that a vet would diagnose this as a possible vitamin A deficiency and give your tort a vitamin A shot. Vitamin A is sometimes an aquatic turtle problem. Tort diets are already high in vitamin A typically.

There is no semester on tortoise care in vet school.

I would get yourself a regular incandescent bulb and swap it out with that bulb you found. This is the most obvious variable to check.
Then I’ll have to buy the 12 from home Home Depot because they don’t sell them in the store anymore 😭😭

Unless I can go somewhere else for it? Would Lowe’s have it????
 

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Ok he might have a little bit of a respiratory infection 😭😭

Cause I saw it come out from his noise!

What do I need to do so it can go away?

🙏🙏🙏🙏
 

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Frustrating that he still has puffy eyes. Other than the light the only thing I could think is that he might be getting little bits of coco in and around his eyes causing irritation. If the tort has never been on it before there might be a learning curve. Other than changing that light though, I would be a little patient with this, it might just need a few days to clear.
 

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Your coco coir substrate looks to dry. If that gauge is actuate than 41% humidity is too low. Try keeping it damp to reduce dust and increase humidity. You might also want to try a layer of orchid bark on top of the coco coir this would help keep the dust and the mess down so it doesn’t get in the eyes. Be sure to rinse the bark first to remove any debris or dust.

Hmm...

Ok!

@Tom what you think?

I agree. Those plastic things could be off gassing under the hot light. I would get rid of all the plastic and find something else.

this is the main reason I don’t use plastic for my tortie.
Good luck.
 
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