Natural Remedies for Pterygium

Sep 06, 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 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.

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 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 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 Edwin
Vancouver, Canada

Have you seen any changes after using ACV?

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 ...

Replied by Antonice

I'm starting this treatment today. I got my pterygium around 4 years ago and I can notice it has been growing overtime. I tried lemon drops without any results.

Replied by Carla

Starting this today.

1:2 ratio=extreme burning

I am going to up the water and continue trying. I've tried eye drops, eye gel, it 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.

Replied by Crissy

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.

Replied by Léo

Hi Kr, would you update us about your pterygium? How is it? Still using ACV? Has it affected your vision? Please let me know. I had pterygium on my left eye and I'm afraid about it. Thanks Leo

Replied by Jay

Has the ACV made a difference? Has the pterygium reduced in size.

Replied by Ruth
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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 Shepherd (Toronto, Canada) on 03/09/2014

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.

Replied by Bradley
British Columbia

How do you apply your ACV-distilled water mix to the pterygium safely and what amount and how often? Brad

Replied by Loly101
New Hampshire

I have a Pterygium in my right eye. I want it gone. I found this site and I will try the ACV. Today is the first day I am using the solution of 12 oz distilled water and 1 tsp of ACV. I will keep updating.

Replied by Angie
South Pasadena, Ca

I would like to know how many people the ACV treatment feel it burns or stinks and how many people say it doesn't. Also, can someone please tell me how long it takes to work? Thanks.

Replied by Stefan
Ca, US

Loly101, even though it's only been a few days have you seen any results?

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?


Replied by Lynn

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 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 Beatriz
Houston, Tx

Do you apply Apple Cider Vinegar directly into the eye? Do you add more water than vinegar? My brother has developed tissue on his left eye and is bothering him. And, the Dr. prescribed him steroid eye drops. If the treatment does not work, then surgery is the next option. Please reply ASAP.

Replied by Steenie

I would like to try this... As ACV is likely the only thing that won't hurt my uveitis... I keep hearing 'use wool', did you find this was necessary in this treatment?... Is cotton wool just cotton, like a flannel?... Otherwise, I cannot use actual wool, as it would also create uveitic reaction...

Replied by Johjan
United Arabs Emirates

Hello to everyone! Im Jang, I have also pterygium in my right eye about ACV, I just bought heinz AVC is it ok. I use this product and how many days should I stop using AVC for my pterygium and does AVC does not affect my sight? Hope you answer my questions coz I really want to get rid my pterygium, thanks a lot for sharing us this topics

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 Maricar

How do you apply the apple cider Vinegar to your eyes? how much water required on it? could you please give us the full detail how will do it? so that we can also try it at home. so much interested on it, also wanted to get rid of this illness. Thanks. Maricar

Replied by Pauline
Sydney, Australia

Just wondering how the Apple Cider Vinegar works on your eyes. Have just been diagnosed with Pterygium and pinguecula. Feeling overwhelmed and don' t want to look people. Many thanks, Pauline

Replied by Gil

Hi.. Can I know how you dilute the Apple Cider Vinegar and how long it takes for you until your pterygium gone?.. Thnx ;)

Replied by Amy

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!

Replied by Deonna

Did you purchase raw unfiltered ACV? And what brand did you purchase?

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

Replied by Carla

Hello. Would you be so kind to explain the quantity of apple vinegar and water you used and for how long? Thank you.

Replied by Shaun

Thanks mate!

Replied by Sasikumar
Kochi, Kerala, India

Applying castor oil in the eyes can prevent pterygium?

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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.

Posted by Kamo (Pretoria, South Africa) on 08/04/2012
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I have been having problems with pterygium since 2006 and had surgery twice. Three days ago I read testimonies about castor oil treatment for pterygium, I bought it the same day and have been using it for the past two nights. Im telling you, the results are great. Prior to using castor oil my eyes were extremely red and painful, I could not even look at the screen of a PC. Today my eyes are pure white and the pain is no longer there. Looking forward to my recovery.

Replied by Clear81
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Hi Kamo, May I know what is your development for using castor oil for your Pterygium? I would like to know what is the brand of Castor oil you are using? In my case, I stop using it since I do not see any effect on it except I sleep deep and wake up refreshed. I just put a few drops in my finger and gently put it in my eyelid where the pterygium is. How did you apply it? thanks

Replied by Jt
Racine, Wisconsin

I'm very interested in the castor oil/coconut oil treatment for pterygium. I've had both eyes operated on to remove the growth, and another to remove scar tissue that has formed after surgery on my right eye. The right eye is constantly red and at times very irritated. Eye drops help somewhat but not for long. My left eye gets what feels like a nerve zinger every so often and it's not fun. I have scheduled yet another appt. For my opthamologist to check it out. I have had horrendous pain after both surgeries. Only until the 3rd surgery did I take painkillers which made a huge difference in my sanity and I was at least able to sleep. No body told me how much pain I'd have post- op. And when I complained they looked at me like I was from another planet. I always knew I was sensitive but that was ridiculous. Anyway, I'm now wondering if the oils ( castor and/or coconut) are able to help my scarred eye as well. Anybody have this problem or had surgery to remove the scar tissue? I'm a 57 yr old woman and I'm so tired of surgery. This has all taken place within the last 2 1/2 years, and it's killing my pocketbook and my nerves. I appreciate any help you might have.


Replied by Ashley

Do you put castor oil directly into your eye? If so does it have to be a special kind of castor oil or just any from the pharmacy?

Replied by Mark
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

I want to know if the castor oil cured your pterygium permanently

Replied by Jeevan
Manassas, Virginia

I saw many kinds of castor oil in market. I couldn't figure out which one we can use for eyes & where we can buy. So is this possible to insert bottle picture.

Replied by Ruth
Rome Italy

Castor oil of many types, please could you tell me the particular type? I am really confused on what to do here. In Italy we have more than two types of the castor oil d drinking type and the one for eye lashes .Please pals tell me actual type. Thanksss

Posted by Noddy (Adelaide, Australia) on 11/03/2010

Just wondering how you were using the castor oil. Were you taking it internally?? I have a pterygium which I am desperate to get rid of. I have heard you can put castor oil drops in your eye to get rid of it??

Replied by Aishwarya
Nagpur, India

Try Drishti Eye Drops made by Patanjali Ayurveda( Swami Ramdev). It should work very well.

Posted by Mel (Katy, TX) on 01/17/2010

I just use a q-tip and dip in the Castor oil bottle and have just a drop fall on the tip of my finger and quickly apply to my eyelid. Do the same for the other eye. Rub it in very well and get in bed. It works very fast. I am more excited about my pterygium diminishing and maybe possibly going away for good. Keeping my fingers crossed. So, for me it has helped in two ways and I hope that it helps someone else with insomnia and a pterygium.

Replied by Clear81
Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Hi Mel and others, How's the development of your pterygium treatment using the Castor oil? I would like to know because I am eager to try it too on my one eye. Your post has been 2 years ago and I tried sending you a mail but I don't know how so I just post it here.

Any feedbacks from the others who tried it? Thank you in advance for your post.

Regards, R

Replied by Festus
New Delhi India

I'm living in new delhi india. Pls I need best of it, I'm having pterygium since 15 yrs back with one eye but now I have it in both eyes. I need help pls, I hear of castor oil and coconut oil treatment. Which store can I find this oil? Pls I'm scared. I need help to get rid of pterygium. My email id festus_c121 at ymail dot com. thank you all and God bless.

Replied by Carlo
Ottawa, Canada

Hey, just wondering how are you doing after all this time with your pterygium, did it go away? Are you still using castor oil? Thanks!

Replied by Jenni
Tustin, CA

I bought castor oil to stay this treatment but noticed the bottle says to keep away from eyes. Is there a particular type that is supposed to be applied to the eyes?

Replied by Prioris

This has been asked before. The reason they put that warning on bottles is because they are required by the FDA if they haven't done testing. This warning circumvents that requirement so cheaper for them.

Castor oil on eye is harmless. I have tried it. You just get a greasy eye ball feeling. No stinging or anything. It will be a fun experience. Go for it.

Replied by Sam
Miami, Florida

That means Don't get it INTO your eyes, around your eyes is fine.

Replied by Anita
Laferia, Tx

About 3 yrs ago I had surgery for pterygium on my right eye. At that time the left eye was not as bad. Unfortunately during my follow- up visits( 2mos later) the Dr tells me that the pterygium had come back. I don't believe that for a second. My sister who lives in Louisiana heard of a doctor in Lake Charles who has been doing laser sugery on pterygium. I went ahead & had that surgery done on both eyes. It was not painful at at all. In fact it was a success. I've been told that this illness can always come back if you don't take care of your eyes. I'm definitely gonna give this a try. I also suffer from dry eyes. Will try and keep u posted on how I'm doing. Wish me luck.

Replied by Carla

Hello. Has your pterygium disappead? For how long did you have to use castor oil? Thanks.

Replied by Dattatraya

Ask for a pure Medicinal Castor Oil. Ideally I buy it from Ayurvedic Shops. I do not know about Pterygium, but does a lot of good to your eyes. Definitely. We have been using it in our family for generations.

Replied by Susan

Would you purchase medicinal castor oil at a store like Whole Foods?

Posted by Mel (Katy, TX) on 01/16/2010
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Castor Oil cured my insomnia and a Pterygium on my left eye. A pterigium is fatty deposit from wind/dust that affects one or both eyes. There is no pain, but it looks gross. I first got this while living in West Texas and was diagnosed by an Ophthalmologist. My doctor told me that it is not serious unless it starts growing towards the pupil and therefore, should be removed because it will affect my eye sight. My pterigium over the years was getting closer and closer to my pupil as the years have gone by. I knew that very soon I would have to have surgery to have it removed. I started the castor oil therapy about 2 weeks ago for my insomnia and just about 2 days ago I was looking in the mirror and look at my eyes and had to do a double take. The pterygium is almost gone! It is very thin and is not noticeable at all. I am so happy! I started using castor oil for insomnia and that was successful and at the same time cured my pterygium. Thank you so much. :D

Replied by Lester

Hi I have a pterigium in both my eyes for the past 44 years it means from birth and I am anxious to have it removed please advise me on how to apply the castor oil. ASAP my email is symple6(at)

Replied by Wayseer
Motown, Ca/ Usa

Hi Lester! Just a thought, but I am eating lots of raw organic honey in the comb -with royal bee jelly- after hearing about a radiologist telling a man with severe corneal problems to, "Just eat as much raw honey with royal bee jelly as you can handle, " and that this very serious eye problem was soon healed completely.

I now have no floaters or fuzziness, and my vision is improving! You just chew the wax awhile, then spit it out, if eaten by the spoonfull. It has good stuff for you, and can be spread on warm toast with wax eaten too. You won't even notice, and it's lovely, really good. --T.

Replied by Sylvia
Rustenburg,northwest Province

How do I use castor oil? Do I have to drink it or pour it inside my eyes?

Replied by Eva
Ab Canada

Do I drink the castor oil or just drop it in my eye?

Replied by Johjan
United Arab Emirates

Hello! I have also pterygium in my right eye! May I know what brand of castor oil that you are using and how to used it! Thanks a lot, hope you reply

Replied by Festus
New Delhi, India

I have pterygium on both eye, may I know full name of the brand of castor oil that you are using and how to be used . Thanks a lot, hope you reply God bless.

Replied by Athena
San Diego, Ca
4 out of 5 stars

Hi All,

Currently, I have a pterygium in both eyes and just started treatment using the Castor Oil treatment. What I do is dip a Q-tip into the bottle of castor oil and put 1-2 drops directly onto the pterygium. I don't know if it's just in my head or not (since I am so eager to get rid of them), but I am already starting to notice the castor oil going to work. In one eye, the pterygium is beginning to fade a bit. I will keep you updated on the prognosis. Good luck! :)

Replied by Eddy I

Hi Athena, reading the comments, I see that you recently started to use castor oil, you can inform me as you have been using? and what results you have seen? Currently I also suffer from pterygium.

Replied by Osmond
Enugu, Nigeria

Is there any particular brand of castor oil & how do I go about the application? I used it & noticed a bit swelling of my eye lids. Really wish it works fine!

Replied by Stacy
Maryland, US

I have growths in both my eyes. I was told it was because I have dry eyes related to contact lens use and too much screen time. I started using castor oil (aura cacia organic for skin, bought at whole foods) for dry eyes. I have seen many positive changes since doing this. My dry eye issues are gone and my pinguecula have reduced and lightened. I also noticed that my eyelashes are much much longer. A plus I'm sure most women would love. I simply put a drop of the oil on my clean finger and apply directly to the pinguecula every night before bed. It stings a little.

I have only been doing this for about two weeks and am eager to see if the pinguecula will disappear.

Also, in case anyone is concerned, castor oil is considered safe for the eye by webMD for dry eye. In fact, it is an active ingredient in many eye drops and eye cosmetics. The only danger is if you are allergic, so use common sense. If it burns too much or you get red itchy eyes, please stop.

Replied by Eye Problem
Oh., US

Stacy: How is it going? any improvement? please keep us updated.... Has anyone else tried this and gotten any results? good or bad? Thanks so much!

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Posted by Soange (Douglasville, Georgia, Usa) on 05/17/2013
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Pterygium: Hello All, I am so excited I don't know how to tell my story. I have had these blotches in my eyes pretty much all my life. I had just accepted it until about four years ago when my vision began to be blurry. I don't know what they are; never been diagnos. I came across the Castor Oil treament and said to my self, it can't hurt to try. All I can say is, those dark brown, reddish, yellowish spots in my eyes have reduced in color and dimension and my Vision has improved beyond my expectation. Where they were brown, they are now yellowish, reddish has disappear; and yellowish is now very faint cream. It is working!!! I see a vast improvement for the time I have been using it, 2 weeks. I am going to keep it up. My treatment:

  • 1 drop of Castor Oil in each eye at night (if I know I am not going back out, I start early)
  • 1 drop of Activated Charcoal Eyedrop (found here on EC, on how to make)

I let the Castor Oil do it's thing for a couple of hours, follow by the Activated Charcoal Eye Drops

The first couple of nights, I had something like puss all over my eyes, I knew there was more going on there. Thanks EC!!!

Replied by Natty
England, Uk

I know your post is a year old, just wondering If the Castor Oil work for your eye? Please kindly reply! Thanks.

Replied by Jessica
Seattle, Wa

Hello, I've been searching for the activated charcoal eye drop recipe & can't seem to find it. If anyone has one or knows where to find it, I would great appreciate it. Thanks Jessica

Replied by Mama To Many Donate


Dear Jessica,

Here is how we make them:

1 cup distilled (preferred) or boiled and cooled water

1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder

Mix together. Strain through a coffee filter. The resulting "gray water" is what we use for eye drops. The larger charcoal particles are filtered out, but the finer ones will remain in the water for your eye drops.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mro
Maud, Ok

Can you please tell me how to make the activated charcoal eye drops. Thankyou.

Replied by Mama To Many Donate


To make charcoal eyedrops, I mix 1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder with 1 cup of water (distilled or spring preferred.) Then I strain the charcoal water through a coffee filter to get out larger particles. Smaller particles remain in the water. Put a couple of drops in the eye as needed with an eyedropper or straw.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Chelle
Norman, Ok

What do you keep the remaining charcoal/water mixture in? Glass or plastic container. Or do you discard and make fresh charcoal water every time?

Replied by Mama To Many Donate


Dear Chelle,

I keep my charcoal water mixture in a glass jar. For applying it to the eyes, I keep the mixture in a small glass bottle that has an eyedropper. This will keep indefinitely. You may need to shake the bottle or jar before using.

~Mama to Many~


Posted by Petersama (Japan) on 04/13/2014

Http:// Seems like there is a topical cure breakthrough that happened recently. However I am not recommending people to go and find this chemical and try to dilute it for use in their eyes. Just that there may be hope! I wouldn't know how long it stays in clinical trials though...

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Posted by Ts (Seattle, Wa) on 03/22/2014
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Hi. I am in my 40's and just want to share my success story with Pterygium removal. I was diagnosed with pterygium in my right eye in 2008. I know how awful it is to have a blob growing in your eye and how it gets red at times. Mine was growing on the inside of my eye on the sclera adjacent to the iris. I hated looking in the mirror and thought about it constantly. I did a lot of research and ended up having it removed by an eye doctor in the Seattle area. He told me he wouldn't even try to remove it unless I had taken some precautions ahead of time. This included taking 2 teaspoons of fish oil daily for 2 months prior to the surgery. (He asked that I increase the dose to 1 tablespoon after 1 month but that upset my stomach.) I also was also instructed to take Lotemax for 4 weeks prior to the surgery and FML Forte (a steroid) 3x/day the week before the surgery. He had also recommended that I take Restasis for 2 months prior but I declined this. I liked what the doctor told me - he wouldn't perform the surgery unless my eye was properly prepared for it. He said if he just went in and removed it and we hadn't "prepared" the eye for surgery then it would just grow back. Well, it he was right and it worked! After the surgery (which seemed like it lasted only 5 minutes - he did not do any grafting, just a simple excision) I had to take Durezol (steroid) for 15 days (tapered), then Combigan 2x/day for 10 days and Tobradex 1x/day for 5 days. The surgery was in 2011. This was three years ago and still no sign of the pterygium returning. I rarely think about it anymore and have not changed my diet (except tried to drink less coffee). I have continued with the fish oil over the years (1 teaspoon 3x/week ). I only use Ca----'s Fish Oil (lemon flavored) in the bottle. I fill a small cup with water and add 1 tsp of the fish oil. It doesn't taste bad at all. It is the lubricant our eyes need to stay hydrated and healthy. I feel very lucky I found this doctor. Do your homework! I interviewed 3 doctor's before finding this one. Also, you don't need to tons of money on grafting - at least this was my experience. I wish you luck!

Replied by Rolan
Kodiak, Alaska

Can you tell me the name of the doctor you used?

Replied by Marie
San Diego

I had a huge pteyerigium and in the 90's there was no surgery perfected for removal. The eye doctor gave me a steroid that I took as directed, used artificial tears every day and wore sunglasses every time I was outside. Mine is completely gone and never returned. Try this before the expense. Like I said, mine was pretty big.

Replied by André


How long did it take to disappear? Months, years? Many thanks.