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    Is my beardie sick or blind?

    Hi everyone,

    I'm unsure if my BD is sick or blind? ever since we got him (He's about 3 months old now) He hasn't opened his left eye, ever. His right eye is normal, always open etc.
    When I fed him the other day he saw me come with crickets but then ran away. I put it near his left eye & he didn't do anything then as soon as I dangled the cricket near his right eye he ate it straight away. He doesn't seem bothered by it. He still eats the same, walks around and all that normal stuff. but the face that he didn't realise that I had the cricket, made me wonder if he is blind? or maybe a sibling damaged it when he was small? Should i be taking him to the vet to make sure it's nothing serious?
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    I'd say he's probably blind in that eye, as you say possibly by a sibling. As long as he functions normally and eats well I wouldn't worry too much. I have a frilly with a damaged eye, she's not totally blind in that eye but seems to have limited vision probably due to her cage mate. I also have a western blue tongue who was born with a deformed skull with only 1 eye and misaligned jaws who has no problems eating or finding the water bowl.
    You could take him to a vet if you are concerned but he will probably tell you that nothing can be done for the eye.But first I'd try moistening the eye and see if you can get it open, it might just be glued shut
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    Thank you for replying! When he blinks it never opens as well if that makes sense it will just stay shut. Does that mean when I go to pick him up I should pick him up from his good eye side so he can see me approach him? He sometimes runs if I grab him from his other side.. Or will he get use to it eventually? - sorry for all the questions, I'm a new bearded dragon mum!

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    yes always approach from the visible side so he knows you are coming, it's like sneaking up on a 1 eyed dog who will run away or attack you out of fear
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