Natural Remedies for Pterygium

Oct 17, 2016

Treatment of pterygium ranges from more conventional means to less traditional, more natural options. A variety of natural substances are effective for treating and eliminating pterygium. These treatments discontinue and even reverse growth of pterygium.

What is Pterygium?

Also known as surfer’s eye, pterygium is a condition that involves the growth of a pink or white fleshy tissue in the eye. The growth typically forms on the side closest to the nose and continually grows throughout an individual’s life. Common symptoms associated with the condition include burning, itching, blurred vision, a gritty feeling or the sensation of having a foreign body in the eye. While the cause of the condition is not clear, contributing factors may include dry eye, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light and irritants including dust and wind.

Natural Remedies for Surfer’s Eye

Treating pterygium requires elements that distend growth and reduce inflammation and irritation. Many natural options achieve both of these effectively. Apple cider vinegar, castor oil and activated charcoal are among the most effective treatments for the condition.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a highly acidic compound. When diluted with water and applied to the affected eye, the acid in the vinegar balances the pH of the eye and naturally minimizes the growth. The vinegar also contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals that are healthful for the eye.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is a natural oil used for treating several different ailments. The oil consists of nearly 90 percent ricinoleic acid, making it an effective anti-inflammatory. As such, the oil functions to reduce inflammation in the eye and reverse growth of the tumor.

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is a common remedy known for its ability to absorb most organic toxins – chemicals and poisons. Activated charcoal is highly alkaline so it realigns the body’s alkalinity level. These properties together eliminate any inflammation causing agents in the body and reduce the appearance of pterygium.

Pterygium is a common eye condition that typically affects individuals who spend a great deal of time outdoors. The condition manifests as the growth of a pink or white fleshy tissue on the white of the eye. Natural treatments effectively eliminate the growth and relieve any associated inflammation or discomfort.

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Posted by Tesa (Temecula, Ca) on 10/04/2016
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I am a 41 year old African lady who got pinguecula in my late 20s. I now live in the USA. This eye disorder is very common amongst African people. I used to feel so helpless. I came across apple cider many years ago and have used it all the time, except I had never put it in my eyes. 3 weeks ago, I put ACV in my hair to make it softer and some of it went into my eyes. It really stung and I was worried. The net day I googled ACV in eyes and came across suggestions of it curing the pinguecula. I tried it and Oh good Lord!! The pinguecula has become smaller in my right eye and it's fading. I am totally shocked.I use the mixture of ACV and distilled water at least 3 times a day. My eyes are brighter and my confidence is coming back. I have always been so insecure and it had become mentally challenging to me because of my eyes. I used to have very bright eyes in my early twenties, but pinguecula had totally destroyed them. Just continue with the journey all of you out there. ACV works. My only concern is that it's fading faster in the right eye than in the left. I will keep my fingers crossed that it will eventually disappear in the left eye. My right eye is so much clearer and brighter than the left one. all the red veins I had in my right have almost faded.

Posted by Timmy (Roxas City) on 09/01/2016
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Hi.. I came across this website searching for cure of my left eye with pterygium the natural way. I'm very much aware of the side effects of corticosteroid prescribed by my ENT so I stopped using it. I didn't wanna have surgery of my eye either. Anyway, came across with the apple cider vinegar phenomena and gave it a shot just two days ago after reading all the positive feedbacks. I followed the ratio of 3:1 (3 parts filtered water: 1 part acv). ( I bought the unfiltered/raw Apple Cider Vinegar at the supermarket.) 1 drop of the solution at 9 am and 1 drop 9 pm and honestly, it hurts like hell at first and my eye turned really red for a few seconds. However, I was overwhelmed of the results. Never had the gritty feeling, burning sensation the whole day today. And the best of all the yellowish tissue somehow faded a lil bit and the blob shrunk I think. I will keep you posted of any updates. Thank you is all I can say to earthclinic. You have given us hope for this intractable disease.

Replied by Natalie

Hi can you give me an update about the ptergium in your eys and how the apple cider vinger is working?

Replied by Avezel

Hi, can someone assure me that this is true about Apple Cider Vinegar. I have Pterygium in my left eye and my confidence is killing me. I don't want to proceed any surgery it is because I don't have any vision problem. Just the white tissue in my cornea seem to be getting obvious and it's getting bigger slowly. Please help. Sincerely, Avezel

Posted by Chelle (Norman, Ok) on 04/16/2016
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OMG, hallelujah to the person who discovered that ACV works for pterygiums!! I've been suffering with this condition in both eyes for YEARS. Nothing has worked, as far as OTC's. The eye doc, actually 3 different ones, said that most eye surgeons wouldn't tackle my pterygiums since they 'weren't big enough'. What???? They seem HUGE to me, along with the severe irritation and redness that never goes away. So last night I gave the ACV concoction a try. I mixed 1/3 ACV and regular tap water (I don't know, distilled may be better). One drop, each eye, and I was totally amazed at how much better my eyes felt. Now, the first 10 seconds you'll be cringing at the severe burning that the mixture caused, but after that......wonderful relief!

And this morning, when I woke up, I didn't have near the irritation that I usually have!! OH HAPPY DAY!! And only after one application. I am ecstatic and hopeful that after a few applications I'll have my nice, white color back to my eyes, and the pterygiums will disappear. I'll post an update after a couple of weeks. I'm soooo thankful that I stumbled onto this website, as I had no hope in sight for relief for my eyes. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Replied by Garrett

Do you put it in an eye dropper or how did you get the mixture in your eye? I read that some people put it on the lid..Did you do that or actually put it right in the eye? I also had a doctor tell me he wasn't going to do anything.

Replied by Chelle

Garrett, I put the drops directly into the eye. It burns like hell, but I've been amazed at how much better my look and feel. The red, gritty feeling is GONE. The pterygiums are still there, not sure I've seen them reduce in size, but I've only been doing it for 12 days. I'm still hopeful!

Replied by Rossco

Hi there, any updates? I've been using apple cider vinegar on my pterygium for about 3 weeks. Redness and irration has certainly eased but not sure if the pterygium is getting smaller... Does anyone know how long until you start to see it reduce? Mine has just started to grow on to the iris, so if this doesn't work then it's surgery for me!

Replied by Chelle
Norman, Ok

I'm still using it. I haven't seen a decrease in size but the irritation is still soooo much better than it was. I've only used OTC eye drops twice since starting the ACV trick, and would've been better off just using the ACV concoction.

Replied by Mel
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Hi, I just wondered how your getting on with acv? I've been using it now well over a month and they are not getting any smaller. X

Posted by Scarr (Ojai, Ca) on 03/13/2016
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I was following the thread on pterygium/surfer's eye and the use of apple cider vinegar. I have been to the eye doctor 4 times and he has continued to provide Restasis which are drops that are supposed to aid in the eye to regenerate its own tears. I have had very little success with this treatment and decided 2 days ago to get unfilitered ACV. I purchased a small glass vial with a dropper. I also used distilled water and filled the vial with a 3:1 ratio of water to ACV. It does sting quite a bit at first. I have been placing a drop in each eye twice per day. I have to say that even after a couple of days I am very encouraged by the results. Less scratchiness in the eye, clearer vision and even the coloring looks better.

I will continue to post updates as I am trying this treatment.

Replied by Timmy Barza
Roxas City, Philippines

Dear Scarr, u have a recent update of how your pterygium treatment with Apple Cider Vinegar doing so far? It's been a couple of months since you last posted and I'm quite curious if the blob is still there or gone. Thanks much. Timmy

Posted by Ruth (Florida) on 02/25/2016
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Yes. I had my left eye pterigium removed. Horrible surgery! It has healed nice though. The surgeon said I had a gross lack of care for my eyes. I wasn't wearing sunglasses.

Now, I do have one in corner of right eye. Someone said the liver is involved. I have a sort of Wilson's Desease with copper problem.

I have resorted to vinegar in a eye dropper. Castor oil which is really soothing. It has been about a month. I will continue this treatments for as long as it takes along with charcoal and sunglasses.

Every morn and evening I do these, and really watch my diet. Not much junk foods.

Peace to the person who figured this stuff out. And maybe I can avoid another nasty surgery with microscopic stitches, which scratch!!!

Love to all, Ruth

Posted by Michelle (Australia) on 01/30/2016
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I've been using ACV for my pterygiums for the past two weeks and it has made a huge difference. My eyes also look a lot brighter. Not only are they shrinking but the yellow colour is also fading.

My eyes also not as dry and red. Hoping they will go permanently.

Replied by Ross

Hey Michelle, how long into the 2 weeks of using the ACV did you start to see results? I have been at it for about 4 -5 days now and haven't really seen much improvement... Just hoping to see some improvement so I can stick with it....

Replied by Hayden
Denver, Co

Michelle, I was wondering if you could update your progress? I just started using this remedy about a week and a half ago. So far I do like to progress however I bet it will take some time.

Replied by Rosemarie

Hi... 'am also suffering such kind of eye illness. Upon reading your post I was encourage to take this way of medication. It is ok to use grocery store ACV for treatment? Thanks.

Replied by Claudia
Long Beach California

How did you apply the solution to your eye?

Posted by Justin (Goldcoast ) on 06/15/2015
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Pterygiums

Big thanks to Willie for sharing this natural treatment, and creators of sight!!!

Posted by Willie Woodbine (Perth, Western Australia) on 06/27/2013

I had pterigiums in both eyes some years ago, and was contemplating surgery. I had blepharitis also - a long term problem. I started using diluted apple cider vinegar (ACV), applied with a piece of cotton wool, to control the blepharitis and it worked very well. But the best news was that both pterigia shrank away to nothing over a period of time, and surgery was not needed. Whether this was a pure coincidence or not I do not know, but I am sure that pH had a major bearing on it. I also use ACV to control tinea - most effective. It's all about acid.

I'm a Surfer, and I've lived on the water for years in a houseboat! As a result of my lifestyle I've battled pterigiym in one eye for years reciently the other eye was starting to get one as well! I don't trust doctors! Especially with my sight! When I found Will's story on the net, I thaught I'd give it a go! It's helped instantly and I m going to continue with the mix one teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar with ten of water till there gone! God bless you guys and apple cider vinigar!!!! Surfers forever!!! Sweet!!!

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Thanks mate!

Replied by Ann

Hello, just follow up, how long did the Apple Cider Vinegar take effect?? Few hours?? Few days?? Few weeks?? Thanks

Posted by Crissy (Mi) on 06/10/2015
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Pterygium:

Is it normal for eye to look worse before improving? I put diluted ACV in eye last night and now it looks worse! Prior to the ACV I just had the bump on eye with no redness. Now the entire inside of my eye is bloodshot! Please tell me this is temporary and normal.

Posted by Carla (Seattle) on 05/27/2015
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Pterygiums - Starting this today.

1:2 ratio=extreme burning

I am going to up the amount of water and continue trying. I've tried eye drops, eye gel, the ptyergium just keeps expanding. So now trying this. I'll let you all know if it works!

Replied by Jackie

I am also using a diluted ACV treatment, before rising in the morning and last thing before going to sleep at night. It burns like the dickens, but makes lots of tears. There is nothing as soothing to my eyes than my own tears. Nothing in a bottle seems to last or feel just right.

It has receded noticeably. I tried to get a before picture to compare later, but didn't get a clear one. It is still with me and I will continue to do the treatment.

Any idea how long I should continue? It crosses from the inner corner to the color part of my eye, just crossing in.

Posted by Amy (Canada) on 03/07/2015
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I've been using ACV for my pterygium for 5 days now and am very happy with the results. It has significantly reduced the redness, although I haven't noticed a reduction in the size yet. I'm wondering if anyone had used this method long-term? Will ACV actually cure the pterygium or is this just a natural way to control the redness and irritation? Thanks in advance!

Posted by Lynn (Calgary) on 01/15/2015
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Pterygium - I am using 5 parts distilled water, 2 parts honey, 1 part ACV, I mix together and use drops in eyes, I have used for 2 months with no change but will continue, heard it will get rid of the growth on my left cornea.

Posted by Stefan (Ca, US) on 07/12/2014
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Pterygium

I've been trying this method off and on for about 6 months by emptying a visine tube, rinsing it out, and filling it with 95% water and the rest ACV and doing it up to 3 times a day. Yes Angie, it does sting very much especially if not diluted enough. But I'm really not seeing (no pun;) a difference in the size of my pterygium. Does anyone have any suggestions or recommend what works? Thanks!

Posted by Kr (Us) on 06/10/2014

I've had a pterygium on my left eye about 5 years. I started using B---- ACV about three weeks ago after reading Willie's story and have noticed a big difference. I use a round cotton pad saturated with ACV, and I also use a spray bottle. When I use the cotton pads I put one tablespoon of ACV undiluted in a bowl and then I drop two cotton pads in the bowl to soak it up. I lay down and put one pad on both eyes with my eyes closed. I leave it for 5+ minutes. It stings a little bit when it seeps between my eyelids but that is the goal. After 5 minutes I clean the rest of my face with the cotton pads. When I use the spray bottle I put one tablespoon of ACV and one tablespoon of tap water. I spray it all over my face and keep my eyes closed. I rub it into my face and slowly open my eyes allowing some to seep through. It stings a little bit, but again, that is the goal. I repeat this about 3 times until the spray bottle is empty. Sometimes I spray it on my hair as it is also good for hair. I do this once a day and based on what I've seen I hope the pterygium will be all cleared up in a few months. I haven't applied it directly to my eyes yet but may try to in the future. I would probably start with a ratio of 1/10 (ACV/water) and depending on how much it stings adjust it from there. I suggest people use trial and error in determining what ratios are best for them based on their tolerance for stinging and their skin and eyes' reaction.

Replied by T Bird

Please update us in the next month or so. I am also experimenting with this method.

Replied by Kr
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10-week update: It's been about 2.5 months now since I started using ACV (with the mother) to get rid of my pterygium and am happy to report that it is steadily disappearing. I had a somewhat large one measured by length, width and even depth/height that went well into my cornea. I would say that it is currently at 1/4 the size it was when I started. I also started to use it in drops added directly to my eye. I use a ratio that is about three parts water to one part ACV and I put it in an empty visine container. I put it directly into my eye at first but it stung a little too much, so now I drop it on the crevice of my closed eyelids and let it seep through as I slowly open my eyes. I do this once every day. Good luck to everyone.

Replied by Nisamani

What does it mean if you say, you started using ACV ( with the mother)? I was diagnosed with pinguela over a year ago, and this leads to pterygium now. I am really worried about this. I would try this ACV in the future. Thanks

EC: ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar

Replied by Ave M

Hi, does your method also work for pinguecula? I'm trying to get rid of 2 pinguecula in my eyes. Thank you

Replied by Alex
California, US

Hi, may I ask what brand you specificly used?

Replied by Debbiefudge
East Sussex

As long as it is organic and has the 'Mother' in. Then any brand will be ok. You usually have to buy it from the health food shop.

Replied by Kr

Alex: I put the specific name in the original post but per earthclinic's policy the entire name was dashed out. I can tell you it starts with a B and ends with two Gs. Google "ACV with the mother" and I'm sure you'll find it.

Ave M: I believe so. My understanding is that pinguecula and pterygia are the same thing. The difference is that once it grows over the cornea it becomes a pterygia. The good news is that my pterygia has just about receded past the cornea and I will soon be able to tell you if the ACV treatment will remove the pinguecula completely. My method is to buy a .5 oz bottle of generic artificial tears, squeeze out half the bottle, and then syphon in ACV out of a table spoon or bowl until it is full again. I put two drops on my closed eyelids daily and slowly let it seep through then slowly start blinking as I deal with the stinging.

Replied by Eye Problem
Oh., US

KR: how is your treatment going? Any noticeable difference on the pinguecula yet? How long did it take to make a difference?

I just started using Apple Cider Vinegar today for pinguecula (I took a 0.03 oz preservative free vial that was 1/2 full and put the rest with h....z Apple Cider Vinegar w/the mother, closed eye and put two drops at corner of eye and slowly blinked, it did sting quite a bit)

I will try to keep everyone updated.....please comment back if anyone else is using this method to try and dissolve pinguecula/pterygium ...

Posted by Willie Woodbine (Perth, Western Australia) on 06/27/2013
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I had pterigiums in both eyes some years ago, and was contemplating surgery. I had blepharitis also - a long term problem. I started using diluted apple cider vinegar (ACV), applied with a piece of cotton wool, to control the blepharitis and it worked very well. But the best news was that both pterigia shrank away to nothing over a period of time, and surgery was not needed. Whether this was a pure coincidence or not I do not know, but I am sure that pH had a major bearing on it. I also use ACV to control tinea - most effective. It's all about acid.

Replied by Jirahgives
Niles, Michigan

What ratio water to apple cider vinegar did you use, and for how long? I accidentally discovered that ACV diluted with water got rid of my pink eye which I get every year when spring comes and I get allergies which lead to infections. I was tired of getting torn epithilium in my eye, from aggressive rubbing. Year after year of eye antibiotics also were starting to get old. One time I was broke and couldnt go in to be seen for the eyes. I just randomly diluted ACV with water, about 1/8 ACV to 7/8 water. The urge to scratch went away instantly. After 2 days the eyes had cleared back to normal. So I totally believe you when you say it worked for your pterygia. I have them on both eyes and I am so going to the supermarket to replenish my ACV. Thanks for sharing.

Replied by Osider
Oceanside, Ca.

I'm contacting re: the topic of pterygiums. I've had two growing for over 10 years now, one in each eye. The right eye perigium is small, but my left eye has been growing and entering the cornea area. I have looked into surgery but came across your information online here and started using apple cider vinger.

My question is re: the application. I am currently using 4 to 1 water to apple cider vinager and putting it in an emptied out/cleaned out visine container and applying a few drops a day morning and evening. Is this okay vs. The cotton swab? If so, how long should I repeat this for to see effective change? Thank You.

Replied by Shepherd
Toronto, Canada

Thank you guys for making this website to help and educate people living with pterygium and other ailment. I have pterygium in my left eye and wanted to try the apple cider vinegar approach but I don't knw the right percentage to mix with water. Can someone give me the measurement please? Is there any other premade mixture you can recommend plz? Thank you.

Replied by Mary
Yutan, Ne

To use apple cider vinegar & water the amounts are: 1 Tsp of ACV & 12 Oz's of Distilled water. I would use organic ACV that has the mother in it. Make sure that you shake the bottle of ACV very thoroughly before measuring out the Tsp. Once you add it to the distiled water mix them together very thoroughly. Hope this helps anyone wanting to know the ratio mixture.

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Posted by Ray (Grambling, Louisiana) on 04/28/2013

I have pterygium growth in my right eye. Disturbed my body image. My eyes turn red most time. My ophthalmologist prescribed me FML Forte, a steroid with serious side effects. I need to go get the castor oil right away.

Replied by Natty
England, Uk

Any luck with the castor oil for Pterygium? Anyone kindly give us some outcome with using the Castor Oil? I was diagnosed with Pterygium this week, I have been searching online as there is not cure for Pterygium, only surgery wise.

I am heartbroken and had been in tears over this. I am only 30 years old female, my GP didn't tell me much about it and nothing to worry about until it effected my vision and just send me away. I am seeing another doctor next week and as I want another second opinion.

So I have been using the pure castor oil since yesterday, twice a day into my eye, worth a try and see for the next two weeks or so. If that doesn't work, I am going to try the Apple Cider Vinegar route. If that doesn't work, then I am going to think about having surgery before it's get too serious.

Anyone write any successes stories on here, I would love to hear from you. Anyone know any decent eye doctor in England? Anyone had surgery in England for Pterygium?

I really upset over this! N

Replied by Elle
New Zealand

Hi. I'm in my 30's too and mine is progressively getting bigger.

The castor oil didn't make mine go away but does seem to make it lighter. I fully intend to try ACV. All the health professionals I have spoken to all say its tied up with the liver! And that it's an underlying issue. I thought my liver was fine although I do like to have a couple of drinks every day which is hard to give up.

The thought of surgery terrifies me! I will update if ACV works at all. I have also tried colloidal silver in the eyes to no avail :(

Replied by Natty
England, Uk
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Hi Elle,

Castor Oil or ACV didn't work.

My Pterygium is growing, I had mine almost a year now. I am sure I am developing another one in my left eye. :(

Surgery is the only way to remove this ugly Pterygium, my ophthalmologist said he will remove it and seeing him soon to discuss surgery. I am worry about reoccurrence, it could come back.

Replied by Ms.v
Virginia, US

I was diagnosed having Pterygium in both eyes in 1997, after prior years, eye specialists finally detected the condition. Surgery on my left eye failed, leaving the eye butchered and they say the eye (L) is, "Gone! " Pterygium is not my friend and I will never trust another surgeon to remove the blobs, because it only reoccurs! I will try the vinegar/H2O, but I trust only God to remove the blobs out of my eyes.

I pray all the best for complete healing.

Replied by Dalsan
Oregon, US

Please read up on Dr. Richard Schulze's Eyebright eye wash protocol. has literally hundreds of pages on this man's successes in healing 1000's of people with just herbs and food. He is one of Dr. Christopher's most famous students.

Losing my vision is one of my greatest fears too and I've used his Eyebright formula off and on now for years - it stings for all of about 10 seconds, then my eyes feel very soothed and my vision improves dramatically. I know little about your situation, but search in curezone and you will find many many people who have or are going through what you are. They can guide and support you in healing naturally because "they've been there". EarthClinic and Curezone are the best people-helping-people sites on the web, and for true medical science-not hype-

Don't get discouraged. You've made the decision to get better on your own and the help you need is out there. All our prayers are for your success.


Replied by Ms.v

Hi, Dalsan I appreciate your post on Dr. Richard Schulze's Eyebright and Earth Clinic to get rid of Pterygium with foods and natural remedies/cures . I have purchased ACV With Mother. I'll keep everyone posted as to it's results. I find ACV With Mother to be more soothing. I pray for Permanent Healing from this eye disease!!! Thanks & Many Blessings

Replied by Mariah

A friend who is a top Opthalmological Surgeon warned me never to have surgery for Pterygium. He said it would always come back and probably get worse. Apple Cider Vinegar is the way to go. Be patient! Rome wasn't built in a day.

Place diluted cotton pads soaked in the solution on the eyelids.
Squeeze a little so some leaks into the eye.
Do this before going to sleep.
Always wear wrap around quality sunglasses when you are out, even in winter, to protect from sun, wind and dust.

Best of luck.