For more than 8 years, my wife has suffered from an increasingly disturbing pinguecula in her left eye. In recent years a smaller one has also appeared in her right eye. Especially after any type of outdoor activity, she would complain of red, itchy eyes and an irritating gritty sensation.
Her ophthalmologist first suggested anti-inflammatory steroid drops in order to slow the growth of the pinguecula, and for a period of a few months she tried this option. However, not only did it have very little effect on the problem, the near guarantee of serious complications, including cataracts and glaucoma, caused her to discontinue. After that, she was confined to lubricating eye drops only, and the constant use of sunglasses whenever outside.
Recently, an increase in irritation and pain led my wife to discuss the possibility of surgery with her doctor. This procedure is fairly serious, and involves cutting away the pinguicula entirely, along with a few layers of the eye tissue itself. There are the standard difficulties which come with every surgery: pain, the danger of infection (especially serious in the eye), and surgical mishap. But the truly upsetting aspect is the ‘failure rate’ of the surgery itself: in more than 60% of cases, the pinguecula returns in less than a year.
These concerns, along with the horrifying idea of someone cutting into my wife’s eye, inspired me to seek out any alternatives which might help us avoid surgery. I came data concerning eye drops containing an extremely dilute solution of the common cardiovascular compound dipyridamole. Details of this discovery and information about this compound can be found on this page.
We were able to find a laboratory in Asia, where I have family living, who agreed to produce the drops, and a few weeks later, my wife was able to try them. The results were almost miraculous. Completely painless, for a day or two we couldn’t tell if the drops were working. However, after about three days, the redness cleared up, the gritty feeling was greatly lessened, and according to my wife her eye felt better than it had in five years. With daily use for 45 days, the pinguecula itself has begun to recede, and my wife is back to living a completely normal life, with no irritation or redness. Complete remission and even disappearance of the pinguecula entirely can take a year or more, but my wife is well on her way to recovery.