Natural Remedies for Pterygium

May 18, 2017

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 Natalie (Abu Dhabi City) on 02/25/2017
1 out of 5 stars

Good Afternoon,

I had a ptyregium in both eyes, and I applied apple cider vinegar for it for one month already and I felt it worsen, I can't see from a far anymore. Can someone advice please? Thank you.

Replied by Selena

Maybe you didn't put enough water or it wasn't organic . I been using it and my eyes feel great and the ptergyium are small :)

Replied by Nick
San Diego

Hello, does anyone have a current update please. I have been using ACV "with the mother" organic, for a week now and not seeing much improvement. (1-3 ratio twice a day) My eyes are still red. Wondering if I should continue. Are there any current updates that people's pterygiums are shrinking in size. I will post in a few weeks to let you know if the redness or size has improved.

Replied by Coco
Flat Earth

If your eyes are red, try using vitamin c eyedrops. But make them yourself.

Get a dark glass dropper bottle.

Get pure vitamin c powder.

Mix to 10% with clean water.

Keep in the fridge.

When you put the eyedrops in, it will sting for about 10-20 seconds. After that, your eyes will feel beautifully moisturised. For the first few days you will want to put the eyedrops in several times a day (despite the stinging). Then, when the vit c levels in your occular fluid get fully topped up, you can reduce the amount to once a day or once every couple of days.

If you work at a computer, vit c eyedrops are very beneficial.

Replied by Timmy

Dear Natalie,

Read your post however you did not mention your dilution of the Apple Cider Vinegar and I cannot say for sure what's the cause of it but I've been using the Apple Cider Vinegar drops now for 3 months and so far it has brought so much relief compared to castor oil drops before and the numerous eyedrops my doctor prescribed to me. I feel like my eye with pterygium is so much normal although its still there and slowly fading. Before the Apple Cider Vinegar concoction, my eye was always red, very sensitive and heavy. If it wasn't working it would have been the other way around, right? On the other hand, I cannot speak for you as we have different physical attributes and maybe the Apple Cider Vinegar doesn't work for everyone.

Posted by Ray (South Africa) on 12/18/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Thought my eye would burst one day. Saw one specialist who told me I had to go for eye ope to remove the pterygium. Half of the cornea right eye was covered with the white stuff.It was bad ... And watery all the time. My dad who had cancer advised me to use Acv.

I started by making 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar and 3 part water. I would put drops into the affected eye. I tried this for about 6 months. Size of the pterygiun dropped. Wanna tell you something today. 2 weeks ago I started drinking Acv, one glass of water warm with 2 table spoons of Apple Cider Vinegar first thing in the morning and at bedtime.

Whaasaa results were shocking. Black part of the eye is coming out after 7 years. I have put my glasses away.... Unbelievable.

Replied by Timmy Barza
Roxas City, Capiz
4 out of 5 stars

Dear ray, I'm quite pleased with your post. I've tried ACV before but only for 1 wk due to the stinging effect. I couldn't handle it so I shifted to castor oil drops. However, after like 2 months nothing has happened although the condition of my left eye which is affected with pterygium has so much improved. No more dry ans gritty feeling.

Maybe out of frustration I returned to ACV drops just recently like 2 wks ago. To handle the stinging effect I diluted 10 parts distilled water and 1 part ACV. With this dilution I can somehow manage it and my eye is so much normal than before. The pterygium has shrunk a lil bit bit but its still there though. I've actually been documenting my treatment from the very beginning. Taking pictures of my eye during the castor oil and ACV treatment and in the process making comparison. At the moment, the pterygium has reached the cornea a few millimeters. With your wonderful news it has given me hope and maybe the rest of the people here who also suffers from this disease who doesn't want to undergo an operation due to its negative feedbacks from patients. Thank you ray!

Replied by Sarah

HELP! I have surfers eye in my left eye which drives me mad! " Itchy red and sore but mostly I am so embarrassed :( Now I can see it happening in my right eye too! I am gutted!

How do you make this ACV/Water droplets? you say 1:3 but how do I do that?


Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Sarah,

I would try 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar added to 3 tablespoons of distilled or spring water. Use an eyedropper to drop a few drops into your eye. A straw works if you do not have an eyedropper.

You can also add a teaspoon to a glass of water to take internally once or twice a day to help heal from the inside out.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Nick
San Diego

any updates? did your pterygium completely vanish?

Replied by Yamiel

Can you tell me what you mean by saying 1 part of vinegar and 3 part water? Did you mean 1 tsp vinegar and 3 tsp water? It's not too much?

And if so why you don't use the mix like the site suggests, 1 tsp vinegar to 1 cup of water.


Replied by Khadija

Hello everyone. When I dilute ACV each time with water I my eye, I need to re-sterilize water every time or just save 1 time and then in a pot of ACV.


Posted by Tesa (Temecula, Ca) on 10/04/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Kiku
Tlv, Il

Hi Tessa, thanks a lot for sharing this great experience. Are you still using the ACV 3 times a day? Any improvement since the last report? Were there any concerning side effects since you started using it? Thanks again.

Replied by Veronica

HI Tessa,

Thank you for your review. I have pterygium in both eyes growing into the Iris (dark) part of the eye, they're big and are uncomfortable at times. So am trying ACV and tap water today (1:3). Will give an update after a month on the progress. Thanks.

Replied by Tesa

Update regarding my pinguecula. Yes it has almost disappeared in the right eye. I barely see it. There's still some visibility of a few red veins, but I am not concerned about them. My right eye is whiter than the left one. I am now paying more attention to the left eye. The ping in the left eye has always been bigger than in the right eye, perhaps that's why it's taking long. It has been 2 and half months since I started using the ACV. I haven't experienced any side effects since I started using the ACV. I always mix it in distilled water and use the drops 2- 3 a day. In the beginning I was so impatient and ust used the ACV straight up without mixing in any water.

Just go with what feels comfortable for you.

Happy Holidays to you all.

Replied by Khadija

Hello. I very also 4 pingueculas in my eye and my life it's changing. I cry everyday . you let no that ACV work. Is that pinguecula gone. Please let me know please. you gonna help my life again. Please

Posted by Timmy (Roxas City) on 09/01/2016
4 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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
1 out of 5 stars

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
4 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Chris
Melbourne, Victoria

Hey I'm just curious how did the Apple Cider Vinegar remedy work for you? Because you said you will keep updated but you haven't.

Posted by Ruth (Florida) on 02/25/2016
4 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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?

Replied by Mike
Charlotte, Nc

Hi - does anyone have any recent update, who started this years ago? Was anyone able to make the ping/pty fade comepletely? Thank you!

Posted by Justin (Goldcoast ) on 06/15/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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!!!

Replied by Shaun

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
0 out of 5 stars

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
0 out of 5 stars

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
4 out of 5 stars

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
1 out of 5 stars

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
1 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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 ...

Replied by Sarah

I have ptrerigium in both eyes. Recently I had a surgery to remove them. It has resurfaced. Can I start using the natural remedy? Please help its urgent.

Replied by Omar
Northern Hemisphere

With mother means you have to shake the bottle before use.