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    Default White's Tree Frog eye problem?

    I've noticed a small white splotch on the side of my frog's eye. I'm not sure if it's an injury or an infection, or even just a bit of shed skin that he hasn't figured out how to wipe away, but it's been a couple weeks and I'd like to figure out what's going on.

    http://i.imgur.com/7jeFf0J.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/sF8NAnQ.jpg

    He has something similar on the other eye, but it's a lot smaller and barely noticeable.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    Default Re: White's Tree Frog eye problem?

    I've heard of frogs getting cloudy spots from very fatty diets. I think sometimes frogs just get cataracts like humans do too. How old is your frog? That doesn't look like a cataract, though, it's in one spot rather than all over.

    What do you feed your frog and do you add any supplements?

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    Default Re: White's Tree Frog eye problem?

    He's about 8 years old. I've fed him crickets his whole life (gut-loaded with this stuff).

    I agree it doesn't seem like cataracts or, well, any other frog eye problem I've googled.

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    Default Re: White's Tree Frog eye problem?

    In that case I'm stumped. I'd say it looked like an injury but the odds of getting injured in both eyes at once aren't good.

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    Default Re: White's Tree Frog eye problem?

    Well, thanks for your help. I guess I'll assume it's an injury unless it gets worse or someone else thinks it's something different.

    Is there anything I can do to help him heal?

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    Default Re: White's Tree Frog eye problem?

    Other than making sure he's getting enough vitamin A or taking him to a vet who knows reptiles, I don't know of anything else to do.

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    Default Re: White's Tree Frog eye problem?

    I've had this in the back of my mind for a while now, and when I was thinking of anything I'd changed in my frog's setup, I remembered I recently got him a stronger heat lamp. I've heard about eye problems from high UVB and cheap lights, but is it possible that a lamp could damage a frog's eye like this just by being too bright or something?

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    UVB damage can happen, but I thought most uvb lamps were fairly weak, especially since they're filtered through mesh at the top of the cage. Also I thought most "heat lamps" weren't UVB unless it was a combined type. Maybe if it was an especially strong light for reptiles to bask under?

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    Default Re: White's Tree Frog eye problem?

    It actually is a basking spot lamp, but it's a pretty weak one. "50W Daylight Basking Spot" - it seemed like it was providing the right kind of temperatures, but I guess it might be too bright.

    If there's any chance that this kind of eye damage can be caused by the light, I might as well switch back to the one he had before. I'd like to know for sure, though. I swapped him over because the last light didn't seem to be providing enough heat.

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    Default Re: White's Tree Frog eye problem?

    Have you taken your frog to the vet ? Has it progressed ? I have a frog with lipidosis (build up of fat). Unfortunately, it is impossible to get real answers because they don't know why it happens. I volunteer at an aquarium and they tell me they just havent studied these things. Ive fed her crickets her hole life. They are not fatty feeders.
    It is slowly progressive, but the white in her eyes started from the outsides and worked its way in.

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