Supplements for Pterygium

| Modified on Jul 07, 2024

Nutritional deficiencies can increase the potential for disease in the body. Providing plenty of nutrients for the body to heal itself is useful for most diseases, including pterygium.

Vitamin C is needed for collagen production in the eye. It also is necessary for healthy capillaries, which supply blood to the eye for healing.

Omega 3 Oils are beneficial to the eyes. Fish oil oil, flaxseed oil and the oil in chia seeds all contain Omega 3's.

Herbs can also be used as a supplement for the eyes. Bilberry and cayenne are each beneficial to the eyes.

For any uncomfortable eye problem, a warm chamomile tea bag will often bring soothing relief.

3 User Reviews

Posted by Coco (Flat Earth) on 04/16/2017

I have suffered from extremely sensitive, dry eyes since my 20s. The whites of my eyes were never white, white. The whites always had a yellowish tinge to them as far back as I can remember.

I think the dry, sensitive eyes is the reason that my eyes were yellowish and also why I developed a pinguculae in each eye.

The one on my left eye is quite small. The one my right eye is much larger.

So, one day, whilst browsing the internet I discovered that vit c eyedrops were very good for the eyes. Occular fluid should have a high concentration of vit c. I made my own eye drops using water and vitamin c powder (to 10%). You store them in a dark glass bottle in the fridge. Do not use plastic. The eye drops sting a bit for about 20 seconds. I put 3 drops in each eye once a day.

My eyes became beautifully moisturised and the whites became whiter and the blood vessels became less obvious (less red and angry). The pings became less obvious too.

Unfortunately, the ping on my right eye is bad at the moment because I used old mascara and its caused my right eye a lot of irritation. My eye became inflamed and red and the ping became very obvious.

I did try diluted apple cider vinegar (3:1) but honestly it stung my eyes too much.

So, I have now discovered that the ping is made up of collagen and calcium.

I am now going to try a more diluted solution of acv. But, I am also going to put magnesium chloride solution in to my eyes to see if that helps. You see, my line of thought is this: I need to dissolve the calcium deposits in the ping. So, I'm going to use a three pronged approach, vit c in the morning for occular fluid, magnesium chloride solution in the late afternoon to dissolve calcium and apple cider vinegar in the evening.

I will keep you posted on how I get on.

Replied by Khadija

Hello coco . are they gone that Pinguecula. Please let me know . I have 4 Pinguecula and o have used castor oil' ACV and lemon juice . nothing work. And yesterday I wash by my doctor and they say that I can not help you. And I see nothing . I cry everday and every day it worsed. Please let me know if you Pinguecula is gone .


hello Khadija,

my wife has pterigum in both eyes we have tried all but just recently stopped eating all types of sugar and salt and the pterygium has lower dramatically and the swallows veins also. Also, take potassium foods that will lower salt in your body and will help reduce inflammation. This has helped lower blood sugar and arterial tension in the eyes.

best of luck

Replied by Coco
(Flat Earth)

Hi Khadija, God Almighty inspired me to increase my intake of fruit. I have written a review earlier today.

Truly this has worked for me, my pinguculae are shrinking and becoming paler. I increased the amount of fruit I was eating especially pakistani mangos because it is mango season.

Be aware that eating a lot of fruit when you are not used to it will give you loose bowels and possibly stomach cramps.

I have been eating one large mango in the morning on an empty stomach and another one in the evening before bed. I am also eating other fruits (oranges, cherries, strawberries, kiwis, melons).

After only two days of eating mangos I did not experience any dry red eyes even though I work at a computer all day.

It has now been a week of eating mangos and fruit everyday. My eyes are moisturised and shiny with their own good quality tears. The whites have become whiter. The blood vessels are pink now instead of angry and red. The pinguculae look less inflamed and less severe.

I was only eating a banana and a satsuma or apple a day but lots of salad, fish and vegetables. I thought my diet was healthy. This was not enough to heal my eyes. I needed more fruit especially orange coloured fruit.

Please increase your fruit intake. You should be eating so much fruit, like a whole meal should be nothing but fruit.

It worked for me, I hope it works for you.

Replied by Khadija

Thanks for answer coco. But we don't have pakistan mango. Normal also good? Please let me know . thanks verry much .. god gonna change my life.

My husband won't go outside with me.

Replied by Chris

HI Coco, I to am so tired of the dry, yellowish, eyes. Its strange how the top of my eyeball, under the upper eyelid is white! The exposed and lower lid portion are yellowish and bloodshot. How do you make this vit C eyedrop?

Replied by Coco
(Flat Earth)

Hi Chris (USA). I'm sorry, I only saw your question now. Buy pure L-Ascorbic Acid powder (This is pure vitamin C). I buy mine from a health food shop in the UK. 1 teaspoon of vitamin C weighs 5 grams. To make vit c solution to 5% mix 1 teaspoon with 95 mililitres of cold clean water. Put the solution in a dark glass dropper bottle (no plastic) and put it in the fridge. Every day you should use one or two eye drops in each eye. To make a solution to 10% which will sting, use 2 teaspoons (10g vit C and 90ml water). I use it for up to two weeks and then make a fresh batch. You can also use it on your skin.

But, when you increase your intake of fruit (oranges, strawberries, grapes, kiwis, melon, pineapple, mangos etc) your eyes will really thank you for it.

I eat lots of fruit and also use the eye drops. My issue is the ping now. I no longer suffer from dry, yellow eyes.

Replied by Coco
(Flat Earth)

Hi, just wanted to give an update on my ping and dry eyes. Increasing my intake of fruit and vit c eye drops really helped. BUT, it turns out that I have a chronic (low level) infection in the tissues around my eyes.

I worked this out because I noticed a eyes would feel healthy for about 1 week to 10 days and then suddenly they would become dry and sore to the point I couldn't even open them. This cycle repeated over and over again. Every time I thought they were getting better they would suddenly get worse.

I already know I have systemic candida and I found that my candida flare ups were happening at exactly the same time that my eyes would go dry. I put two and two together and realised that the mucus membranes around my eyes were infected with candida.

Once a day I started using supersaturated sea salt solution to bathe my eyes and kill the infection (other people on youtube also do this). The first few times I did this the skin around my eyes went crazy itchy. Was this die off? The skin actually became broken and lots of tiny little scabs formed between my eyes and nose. This must be where the infection was living.

Anyway, every time I thought the candida around my eyes was dead, I would stop bathing my eyes. It would be okay for a few days, and then it would come back. I think my eyes were getting infected by the candida that is in my nostrils. So now I have bought a sea salt nasal spray too.

I am trying to kill the candida in my body by eating live yogurt and taking acidophilus capsules (good bacteria).

I am using sea salt spray in my nostrils, I am bathing my eyes with sea salt solution (eyes open) but sometimes I get lazy, I am also juicing to try to get alll the nutrients from fruit and veg and using the vit c home made eye drops.

My eyes now produce tears when I yawn, like they used to when I was much younger.

If you suffer from systemic candida, you will know that it is a very long process trying to rid your body of it. I've been fighting it for 4 years so far.

When I do not have a candida flare up, my eyes generally look quite healthy and the ping appears small and not so noticeable.

When I am having a candida flare up and I have not been bathing my eyes with salt solution (through laziness), then my eyes get dry and red and the ping gets inflamed.

I would say that the flare ups are getting less frequent and not as severe.

If you suffer from dry eyes and your ping is inflamed and red, it may be because you also have a low level chronic infection like mine.

You know when it's a candida infection because you get sudden flare ups.

If it's a bacterial infection then it gradually gets worse.

Oh, I did go to see my doctor and she was very dismissive and wanted to prescribe me antibacterial eye drops. I wanted an anti fungal. She told me that to get anti fungal eye drops I have to see a specialist and she wasn't prepared to refer me.

Replied by Akwags

HI I saw your post about using magnesium chloride solution for Pterygium, and I was wondering if you had good results?

Replied by Margy
(Sydney Australia)

Hi I have a pterygium in my eye and pinguecula in the other. How did you go with your treatment?

Posted by Mary Anne (Johannesburg) on 04/20/2016


I tried apple cider vinegar and castor oil without success. I then had a look in the homeopathic Materia Medica and got rid of the pterygium by taking the homeopathic remedies Merc Cor 30 (Mercurius corrosivus) and Ant Tart 30 (Antimonium Tartaricum). It took a few weeks.

Replied by Anthea S.
(Cape Town)

Hi Mary Anne

I'm also originally from JHB...!!

Phew..this post of your in REALLY encouraging..

In frustration I was searching for help with the Ptergium & stumbled across this site..YAY!

I have got it bad in my Right eye..also the left, ...But STESS in my current situation has definetely exacerbated the growth....

PLEASE let me know where to buy what u tried..I REALLY cannot take this anymore!! & how u used it...

Thanks in Advance

Best Wishes


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

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?


His name was Michael Gilbert, at NW Vision Institute.

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.


What type of steroid did he prescribe?

Replied by Ts
(Seattle, Wa)

After the surgery it probably took about 6 weeks for the redness to disappear. Pterygium was gone. I kept taking the fish oil to keep the eye lubricated. I believe that is what made the surgery successful.