Red foot tortoise bad swollen eye

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Hi can anyone help me my.tortoise has a very big swollen eye I took him.to vet they gave me vetropolycin ointment its seem to help first day but it just got worst
 

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Are you using any coil type uvb lights? If so stop!
What is the temps cool and hot side, night temps, humidity, substrate?
 

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No injury no coil light was using sutrate but took it out thats what vet said maybe some of the substrate got in his eye and got infected so they and the temp is 50 on cool side 75-85 on hot side
 

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50 on the cool side is waaaaaay too cold. They should be kept from 80-85 degrees and no lower than 70 ever. What was the substrate and what’s his cage setup?
 

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I'm guesssing 50 its prob more like 65 70 I will do temp on it now he kept inside house in family room in a 3×4.5 foot tortoise box
 

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Is the tortoise table open topped or closed? In an open top it’s too hard to keep warm enough so sealing the top will help with heat. If it’s closed what are you using for heat? Does he have hides in there?
 

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It has a closed side but he dont fo in there he has a flower pot he hides in but I will close the whole thing off if u think that's what's causing swollen eye
 

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Not an eye concern but those cold temps will cause pneumonia so a health risk. I’d keep using the ointment as directed, get him warmer, soak him daily, and go back to the vet if after three days the eyes not improving
 

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Hi can anyone help me my.tortoise has a very big swollen eye I took him.to vet they gave me vetropolycin ointment its seem to help first day but it just got worst

How long have you had this tort? Where did you acquire the tortoise from? What was the set up in the prior home?
 

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Hi can anyone help me my.tortoise has a very big swollen eye I took him.to vet they gave me vetropolycin ointment its seem to help first day but it just got worst
And how many more days did you use it in total? Do you soak him daily? If not start doing it. 30 minutes in nice lurk warm water. And he needs it warm to fight off the infection. Please setup your temperature gradient and humidity according to the care sheet in the redfoot section. It will help him a lot. And buy yourself a proper thermometer so you can establish correct environment arrangements for the little guy... ;)
 

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I don't own a tortoise and probably should not contribute. But - that ointment, the HC stands for the steroid hydrocortisone. In the clinic where I worked, we were always extremely cautious using eye medications with steroids for the anti-inflammatory property, and would double check that an ulcer was not causing the eye problems. I am sure your vet was very careful as well, but you may definitely consider calling them with an update on this new development. If it is an ulcer, steroids can make the problem much worse. Best of luck to you.
 

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Can you send very clear photos of the eye? The photos are not that clear but it appears your red foot might have closed angle glaucoma. Clearer photos will help with a more certain diagnoses.
 

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