Chameleons have a unique method of keeping their eyes clean. They circulate fluid around inside their eye to clear debris, so if you notice squinting/bulging on occasion, this is normal. It’s only when symptoms persist more than 24 hours that you should be worried.
- Swollen eye(s)
- Fluid “weeping” from the eye
- One eye perpetually closed, even during the day
- Rubbing/scratching at affected eye
- Not eating
- Poor ventilation
- Bacterial infection
- Vitamin A deficiency
Chameleons rely heavily on their eyesight, so if you notice that your chameleon’s eye seems swollen or demonstrates another other symptom, make an appointment with a certified reptile veterinarian immediately. They will likely flush out the eye and prescribe a saline solution and antibiotic.
Wild chameleons keep themselves clean via rain in the wild. In captivity, regular misting/showers is one of the best ways to help your chameleon keep their eyes clean.
Read more at the Chameleon Breeder Podcast.