My baby redfoot has a cloudy eye

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Hello friends, on the 12th of february a single baby redfoot tortoise born on one of my enclosures, he looked well and i put him in a separate space from his parents as they could hurt im somehow, he was botn with a closed nostril wich i easily opened cautiously with a toothbrush, but the next day his eyes were not opening, i tought it was just because he was sleeping a lot but the other day it was like that too, so i put some water on the closed eyes and i think it softened the skin and he open them Both, i then saw one of the eyes (the left one) was swollen and cloudy, so i researched about it and found some things then i started applying an eye drops with corticoid and antibiotics but i then talked with a veterinarian (who does not work as a veterinarian but has a graduation on it) and he advised using another eye drops i have wich is for cat and dog usage and has zinc sulfate and associations, i used it for a week and it cured the swelling but not the cloudiness. I then talked with another veterinarian who does practice the profession but does not work with reptils and she recommended a ointment that works for regenerations of the human cornea, and i applied it the last 3 days and it had no visible results, i can not pay a reptile veterinarian as it is extremely expensive in my city (just the query costs around 40 Dollars converting our currency to dollars) and i can not pay as i do not work because i study all da because im in a technician course and a graduation, and living with my parents who also cant give me that money at the moment. So my question is if you friends can tell me if he still has chance of recovery or give me advice or a solution to his eye problem. In the first attached file is a photo of his left eye wich is cloudy and blueish, and the second file is the other eye wich looks normally black. Also when he eats he misses a lot of bites and hits the air because of his vision. Thank you all friends.
 

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Hopefully an expert will be able to help you soon
 

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Do you soak him in very shallow warm water?
 

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Attach pictures of the enclosure, bedding lighting, temps humidity food ect.. that will help a lot.
 

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Attach pictures of the enclosure, bedding lighting, temps humidity food ect.. that will help a lot.
They are native from here where i live, i assume the humidity and temperature are naturally correct wich are at the moment 26° Celsius (a bit cold for the region, today is a rainy day) and 74% humidity, i used to wash his eyes with saline solution in the beginning when he could not open his eyes properly but now he can open them properly and im not doing it anymore, just applying the ointment for cornea regeneration
 

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Ok, can post the pictures and answer the questions? Soaks, food temps ect? It will help
 

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Attach pictures of the enclosure, bedding lighting, temps humidity food ect.. that will help a lot.
alright when i arrive home i will take some pictures and post here, and no i have not made any soaks because i never did with the other and they always been healthy, about the food im givin him lettuce and tomato thats what he seems to like the most, giving them at ambient temperature or a bit colder after leaving out of the fridge for some time, around 25 celsius
 

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Ok, can post the pictures and answer the questions? Soaks, food temps ect? It will help
He was living in this enclosure of the first photo but i moved him for not getting hurt to the paper box of the second photo (the stain on the bottom is water he spilled getting out of the water)
 

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I am not an expert but I know that the enclosure is not good. Especially for a baby.
 

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I am not an expert but I know that the enclosure is not good. Especially for a baby.
Well i know that but i dont want to put him where has earth or sand for not hurting his eyes, this temporary one is more clean and as they are native from this very region (north east Brazil's Coast) the normal temperature and humidity of the ambient are naturally right
 

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As long as you know, an expert could give you more information. Cute tortoise.
 

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I think what Ink means is your baby needs a habitat like that, only really small. He's a baby, and he needs to be treated like a baby. That space is way too big and the box is not appropriate. I have a box turtle who injured her eye a long time ago, and it looks just like that. She can detect movement, but that's all. And she gets along just fine
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I think what Ink means is your baby needs a habitat like that, only really small. He's a baby, and he needs to be treated like a baby. That space is way too big and the box is not appropriate. I have a box turtle who injured her eye a long time ago, and it looks just like that. She can detect movement, but that's all. And she gets along just fine
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Thank you, i will make a new enclosure for him on a better place like a plastic box and fill the bottom with earth and sand but right now all earth outside is very wet because it rained heavy, also i cant leave him outside because the neighbours have cats that enter my backyard and there is also opossums here, but really thanks for the advice. I dont know if he can detect movement, even with the eye that looks good, when i approach he does not react, just when i touch him
 

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Thank you, i will make a new enclosure for him on a better place like a plastic box and fill the bottom with earth and sand but right now all earth outside is very wet because it rained heavy, also i cant leave him outside because the neighbours have cats that enter my backyard and there is also opossums here, but really thanks for the advice. I dont know if he can detect movement, even with the eye that looks good, when i approach he does not react, just when i touch him
No sand, just soil and those animals would hurt him for sure. I hope this turns out well for him. I'm sorry I was not more help.
 
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