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01-17-2014, 04:02 PM #1
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Boa Eye Bulging - Help!
Hi, we have a male moonglow that was born May 10, 2013 and in the last couple of months he has developed an eye issue. We took him immediately to our local reptile vet and we treated the eye with Tobradex for several weeks but there has been no improvement. There has been no trauma to the eye, nothing in his mouth, he has had several clean sheds since the eye got large with the eye caps coming off and other than the eye appears to be a perfectly healthy animal. The vet suggested that it may be a congenital disease like glaucoma.
It appears that the eye is full of fluid. The size and clarity of the eye varies drastically and can change within 24 hours. The circumference of the eye never gets smaller but the amount of fluid/how much the eye bulges out changes frequently. He doesn’t seem to be experiencing any pain when you touch the eye and is eating normally.
Any help or assistance would be greatly appreciated!
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01-19-2014, 12:21 AM #2
I have no answer or suggestions, but will be watching this thread! My male Salmon boa who is a year and a half old has sort of the same issue with one of his eyes (it bulges, but the circumference is normal). Eats normally, acts normally, doesn't seem to be in pain or rubbing it excessively. Sheds fine, and usually after the shed, the bulge goes down a bit. I haven't taken him in to a vet yet just simply because he's still eating fine and absolutely nothing about his behavior has changed at all. I have been watching him extremely closely and ready to take him in should anything else change or his behavior become out of the norm for him. Would be interesting to see what people have to say about this, though.
01-19-2014, 11:33 AM #3
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I remember reading about this before about blocked tear ducts. See the link below. Hope it helps
Also wanted to add that I read somewhere else where the boa was actually missing this duct so fluid wasn't draining properly. The fix was to surgically make the opening so that fluid can drain.
Found the thread
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01-19-2014, 12:28 PM #4
I agree that it looks like a blocked duct. The duct should be repaired or one should be created to remedy this problem. Some vets may want to just remove the eye, however. It depends on the expertise of the vet in question.
How well-versed with herps is your vet? It seems to me that a topical steroid+antibiotic on a snake eye is a bit weird.Christine A., B.Sc., RVT
02-13-2014, 03:33 PM #5
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Update - Boa Eye Bulging
After several weeks of the eye getting worse we took our boa to the only other reptile vet in BC and he said that it was either glaucoma or an eye cap that hadn’t been removed and was stacked under another eye cap with fluid building up and draining between them (that is a poor description but something to that effect). He said that surgery was necessary as the eye was leaking a puss type fluid and was starting to show blood around the rim and in his enclosure. He said that if he sliced the eye and the fluid drained out ok then it was the eye cap issue and if the eye collapsed on itself then it would be glaucoma. He performed the surgery and the eye collapsed. He removed the entire eye and stitched up the wound. Our baby is at home now with eye drops to be put on the stitches to prevent infection. He will have the stitches for 3 weeks.
So the initial diagnosis was correct. We were very lucky to find an experienced vet that could perform the surgery. As long as we can get him through the healing process in the next few weeks this operation will have definitely saved his life.
I hope this helps anyone else that is dealing with this issue.