Swollen Eye

Herocleasin

New Member
Hey guys, I was approaching Archie today, and I'd noticed he was scratching his eye against a stick in his cage, then I saw him invert his eye (like chameleons often do) and there was a like a big bulge. When he's not inverting his eyes he looks completely normal in my opinion, any thoughts? I'll try to get pictures of him inverting his eye.
 

Beman

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Hi there and welcome! If you could fill out this form with as much detail as possible and include pictures of your enclosure lights down we will be able to better assist you.
You are using exo terra vines and when they rub their eyes against them they can get pieces of the fake vine in their eye. This is a possibility of what is going on.

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alphakenc

Chameleon Enthusiast
Like the above poster said..when the chams eye are being bulge for a minute, thats beacuse its in the self cleaning process..as long goes back to normal it should be fine if thats not the case , a vet visit will be a priority on ur to do list.
 

CamrynTheCham22

Avid Member
Take it from someone who recently lost their chameleon . . . the very first thing I noticed was that one of my cham's eyes were swollen, and I thought it was peculiar. I am not saying your chameleon is in deep trouble yet, but definitely a vet visit. Unfortunately for my cham, she didn't survive until we could get her an appointment at the herp vet. It was about 2 days later that she passed away, after I had first noticed her eye. Moral of the story, chameleons go downhill extremely quickly, so when something is wrong without a known cause, time for the vet!
 

CamoChameleonsHuman

Chameleon Enthusiast
Take it from someone who recently lost their chameleon . . . the very first thing I noticed was that one of my cham's eyes were swollen, and I thought it was peculiar. I am not saying your chameleon is in deep trouble yet, but definitely a vet visit. Unfortunately for my cham, she didn't survive until we could get her an appointment at the herp vet. It was about 2 days later that she passed away, after I had first noticed her eye. Moral of the story, chameleons go downhill extremely quickly, so when something is wrong without a known cause, time for the vet!
Great advice and so sorry to hear about your poor girl
 

CamrynTheCham22

Avid Member
I hope that her passing away and the mystery of why she did can help educate others so that they may catch oddities in time, oddities that can sometimes be fatal. I hope your chameleon will be okay, keep us updated :)
 
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