Hatchling cant open his right eye

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Hello, last week I found a tortoise hatchling and at the begining he couldnt open his eyes, I tought it was normal for new born tortoise, but after a week he hasnt opened his right eye. I bath him almost everyday with warm water and the other eye I tried to help him open it with a ear cleaner without succes. It looks completely shut.

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Looks like some sort of facial birth defect.

Get some eye ointment and apply it to the closed eye to soften and lubricate the eye lids. Do it daily
 

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Looks like he's also being kept too dry. What are you using for substrate? Is it damp? Does the tortoise have a humid hide?
 
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Looks like he's also being kept too dry. What are you using for substrate? Is it damp? Does the tortoise have a humid hide?
Yeah! I followed your advice in my post about the enclosure, I water the plants with a lot of water, some plants are behind their hides so they get humid too. The substrate is black dirt I bought in homedepot, its doesnt have any chemicals, I have used it before on other reptiles. I took this photo right before bathing them, he/she has some facial birth defect as Yvonne said because his peak has a weird shape, very pointy, I hope im explaining myself.
 
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Terramycin eye ointment is what I used on my tortoise
I bought one callef Microdacyn, I has the same substance as Yvonne recommended, I could bought the other one because it was too expensive, so far it hasnt shown results but the tortoise is active and alive. I will keep giving the correct treatment
 

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Hello, last week I found a tortoise hatchling and at the begining he couldnt open his eyes, I tought it was normal for new born tortoise, but after a week he hasnt opened his right eye. I bath him almost everyday with warm water and the other eye I tried to help him open it with a ear cleaner without succes. It looks completely shut.

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It looks to me that maybe tortoise doesn’t have an eye?
 

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Awwwww. Poor baby! Keep him moist, keep him warm. Keep him hydrated. Make sure he can eat ok and that he's peeing/pooping normally.

You may consider at some point getting him assessed at a competent, experienced tort vet to check for other hidden defects that need addressing or extra help so he can live.

He's absolutely adorable! ❤
 
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Awwwww. Poor baby! Keep him moist, keep him warm. Keep him hydrated. Make sure he can eat ok and that he's peeing/pooping normally.

You may consider at some point getting him assessed at a competent, experienced tort vet to check for other hidden defects that need addressing or extra help so he can live.

He's absolutely adorable! ❤
Your kiddos are adorable!:D heres a pic of the hatchling taking a bath
 

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