My wife has suffered from a pinguecula in her left eye for over 8 years, and in the past few years has begun to develop one in her right eye as well. They are especially irritating after she does any type of outdoor activity – her eyes would be red and itchy, and feel gritty.
We sought help from her ophthalmologist, who suggested we try anti-inflammatory steroid drops, which would hopefully slow the growth. My wife tried this option for a few months, but unfortunately, the steroid drops had little effect on reducing the pinguecula. And, because they carried strong risks of glaucoma, cataracts, and other complications, she stopped using them. Instead, she had to use lubricating eye drops to soothe symptoms, and constantly wear sunglasses while outdoors.
With a sudden increase in the severity of symptoms, irritation, and pain, my wife discussed stronger measures with her doctor. Surgery was discussed. As always, surgery carries more serious risk, and involved cutting out the pinguecula, along with a few layers of eye tissues. The risk of infection, the dangers involved with surgery, the pain of recovery, and the concerning failure rate of the surgery (with this particular surgery, there is a 60% failure rate, as the pinguecula can return in less than a year), led me to search out other options that were less invasive, but could also give her relief.
It was during my research to an alternative to cutting into my wife’s eye that I came across data concerning eye drops made from an extremely diluted solution of dipyridamole – a common cardiovascular compound. You can learn more about this compound and the eye drops on this page.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any of the drops readily available. After some searching, we were able to find a laboratory in Asia that agreed to produce the drops. A few weeks later, my wife was able to try this groundbreaking remedy. For a few days, we weren’t able to tell if the new drops were making a difference. A few days after this, however, the results were almost miraculous. Completely painless, the drops were helping: The redness cleared up, the grittiness was lessened, and my wife reported that her eye felt better than it had in the previous five years. After using the drops daily for 45 days, the pinguecula had begun to recede. My wife was back to living a normal life, free of redness and irritation. Complete remission of the pinguecula can take more than a year, but it is a relief to know my wife is on her way to recovery.