A Clinical Case from the Archives : 03/08/2005

This year old (and 10cm long!)Hermann’s tortoise has eyes that look a lot duller than its brother’s. What is the likely diagnosis here, how might you confirm it and how could you treat it?

Here is its other eye – they both look dry don’t they, though Schirmer tear tests for such tiny eyes aren’t possible to take, even with the phenol red thread test. I’ve suggested using a gel-based tear replacement such as Viscotears but cyclosporine might be an option – have any of you seen KCS in a tortoise? E-mail me if you have please!


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