Weird lumps in eyes??

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I noticed this morning that Dash has these 2 grey lumps in his eyes that disappear for a few seconds when he blinks. Is this just sleep like with humans or could it be something else? I can't get them out because he keeps blinking when i try to. His eyes aren't swollen and it doesnt seem to be bothering him too much but I'm still worried
 

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I noticed this morning that Dash has these 2 grey lumps in his eyes that disappear for a few seconds when he blinks. Is this just sleep like with humans or could it be something else? I can't get them out because he keeps blinking when i try to. His eyes aren't swollen and it doesnt seem to be bothering him too much but I'm still worried
It looks like you are talking about the third eyelid which is a normal part of the tortoise's eye. This is also known as the nictitating membrane and it extends out over the eyeball underneath the other two eyelids from the front corner each time the tortoise blinks or closes its eyes. If the eyes are irritated, this membrane may be more noticeable than when the eyes are not irritated, and I think that may be why you are noticing them now.

You could get some veterinary eye drops to put in the eyes to soothe them and the irritation will subside. I recommend Neo-Poly-Dex Veterinary Ophthalmic Drops.

You also need to find the cause of the irritation, which is frequently a coil type UV bulb. If you are using one of those, stop using it and get a linear tube UVB light and a strip light fixture in which to put it. LLL Reptile sells them.
 

okkarence

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It looks like you are talking about the third eyelid which is a normal part of the tortoise's eye. This is also known as the nictitating membrane and it extends out over the eyeball underneath the other two eyelids from the front corner each time the tortoise blinks or closes its eyes. If the eyes are irritated, this membrane may be more noticeable than when the eyes are not irritated, and I think that may be why you are noticing them now.

You could get some veterinary eye drops to put in the eyes to soothe them and the irritation will subside. I recommend Neo-Poly-Dex Veterinary Ophthalmic Drops.

You also need to find the cause of the irritation, which is frequently a coil type UV bulb. If you are using one of those, stop using it and get a linear tube UVB light and a strip light fixture in which to put it. LLL Reptile sells them.
Thank you so much!
 
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