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Hello all,

Apologies in advance if this turns out to be a long read, but I'm seeking encouragement / advice...

About 2 and a half years ago, we purchased a lovely albino Leopard Gecko and named him Teicho.

We bought him a nice 3ft vivarium and over the course of a couple of months we tweaked it to the perfect setup.

From day one Teicho never seemed to be interested in food. He never "saw" the food in front of him, and I got the impression he could only "sense" it. He never seemed alarmed by movement unless it created sound, and if I was to wave my hand in front of his face he wouldn't even notice.

We tried everything. Starting with crickets, then mealworms, then mealworms with waxworms as a treat to encourage him to eat. Nothing really worked. He would eat maybe one or two worms a week and his tail has never had that fully fat look that many on here have.

He has always gone to the toilet regularly and never had any real trouble with shedding apart from around his toes, which I know is normal.
We have taken him to a few reptile "specialists" and have been told that it's nothing to really worry about unless they get super skinny. No one seems too interested in the fact he doesn't respond to visual cues and just walks over his food even when it's wriggling around in front of him.

Fast forward 2 and a half years and the situation was the same. He has always seemed happy enough, but still wasn't eating anything substantial and I always kind of wondered why he wasn't showing any signs of ill health. I mean his vitamin intake for the last few years must have been dreadful... With such a small amount of food intake the vitamin and powder consumption must be terrible. We have tried hand feeding but it honestly takes 20 minutes for him to eat one worm. At the moment I top up his bowl with fresh worms when required and he maybe eats a couple a week, if that.

Here is where I am worried the trouble begins...

At the beginning of this week, I noticed he was keeping his eyes closed a lot longer than usual. If I opened his viv before, his eyes would shoot open immediately. Now, I open his viv, pick him up and talk to him, and his eyes are still shut. After a minute or so his eyes slowly open, but one eye remains closed for a bit.

When he eventually opened his "bad" eye I noticed there seemed to be a film over the top half of the eye. It moved when he blinked, so I assumed it was just a bit of skin that had become stuck after a recent shed. Gently using a Q-tip, I managed to remove the bit of skin from his eye, and it now looks the same as the other one. However, he still keeps it closed. That left eye still seems to be causing him trouble and he is reluctant to open it on his own accord.

I have booked an appointment with John Chitty today, who I am told is one of the best reptile specialists in the South of England. I am worried though, very worried. What if this is the start of many health problems due to his years of malnourishment and lack of food? Is this the start of hundreds and thousands of pounds worth of vet visits? I don't know... I hope not.

I love the little guy, but I don't know what else to try. I am tired of hand feeding him for 45 minutes every day, only for him to eat nothing.

I guess I'm just looking for some encouragement / advice / hope / success stories of this kind of thing.

Is it possible he's blind? He is an albino and I know they have more sensitive eyes?

Any advice or opinion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Sam
 

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the vet is right, if there is no weight loss, theres not allot to worry about; my bet is that he is just a shy eater, and waits until you arnt around...but leo's arnt big animals anyway, he's never going to eat loads, and he is pooping fine so again no need to worry, he is clearly eating enough for him

re the eye, I suspect there is some irritation there from the stuck shed, hopefully no infection, but a vet needs to assess that asap, so glad to hear he has an appointment soon (make sure he access to a good humid hide at all times)

let the vet know you are concerned about possible blindness, they can check

if you have a small torch you can check the Pupil, just shine it for a split second on the eye, and see if it constricts when light is on it, and then dilates again when the light is off it, if it does, then you know he is at least light sensitive in that eye, so unlikely to be blind.
 

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Thank you.

I tried the torch last night and the pupil did dialate and react to the light. I will ask the vet about the non eating and eyesight concerns.

Will update in a couple of hours.

Thank you.
 

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Just an update:

Saw John at 12:30. He immediately said Teicho was a big guy and a very healthy and happy looking gecko. This surprised me as I always assumed he was skinny and underweight, but apparently he's perfect. He said he looked in great health overall, and had a look at the eyes. He said there was some stuff in there that looked like left over shed. He managed to get most of it out with some circular scalpel looking object. Looked horrible for Teicho but it did the job.

I've been given some eye drops to use once a day in each eye. I'm a bit apprehensive about administering this!? How do I do it!? Haha.

Very happy overall. What I thought was a skinny and poorly gecko turned out to be a healthy, good size gecko with just a bit of leftover skin in his eyes.

Now, how do I do these eye drops!? Haha.

Thank you all.
 

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I'm so pleased to hear your little gecko is fine.
I'm sure you'll get the hang of the eye drops...
Our leopard took ages to start eating... And it took us tempting him with wax worms to get him going.
Now we have the hassle of getting him off wax worms onto something
less fattening. Lol
 
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