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A 49-year-old member asked:

can castor oil be applied in the eyes to remove pterygium?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Doesn't work: There is no chemical or drug treatment (or home remedy) that is known to have an effect on a pterygium. They require surgical removal. See an ophthalmologist for this.
Dr. Johan Zwaan
Pediatric Ophthalmology 58 years experience
No: Removal of pterygia usually requires surgery. Castor oil can be allergenic and may be lildly irritating. I would not put it in my eyes.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Pterygium & Castor: Prevention is key remedy. Avoid sun (sunglasses, hat); avoid smoking. Natural rx info: see eyedoc2020.blogspot.com; Other ways to help decrease symptoms: cold artificial tears, nsaid drops, low dose or hi dose steroids (though risk of glaucoma, cataract); surgery is only real way to remove. Castor oil likely does not harm but long term use is questionable.

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