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Natural Remedies for Pterygium

Last Modified on Mar 07, 2015

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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User Reviews

Apple Cider Vinegar   2  0   

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

[YEA]   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.

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

[YEA]  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!

Castor Oil   2  1   

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

[NAY]   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.


Posted by Kamo (Pretoria, South Africa) on 08/04/2012

[YEA]  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?

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.

Posted by Mel (Katy, TX) on 01/16/2010

[YEA]  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


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!

Castor Oil, Activated Charcoal   0  0   

Posted by Soange (Douglasville, Georgia, Usa) on 05/17/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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.

Dipyridamole   0  0   

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...

Replied by Dan
Brisbane, AU

Thanks for the post. I wonder how one can get it?
Replied by Hari

Sold at They ship worldwide. I was in touch with MedInsight Research Institute and this is what they responded me with last week. Hope this helps.

Fish Oil   0  0   

Posted by Ts (Seattle, Wa) on 03/22/2014

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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?


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