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Success! Mey from Cambodia raised $290 to treat eye esotropia.

Mey
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  • $290 raised, $0 to go
$290
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mey's treatment was fully funded on February 18, 2016.

Photo of Mey post-operation

March 14, 2016

Mey received successful treatment for eye esotropia.

“Mey’s squint was corrected in her left eye. She has been given eye drops to apply 4 times a day to protect herself from infection,” reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre.

Her mother shared: “I feel very happy that my daughter is well and with aligned eyes. I don’t have to worry about her feeling shy and not confident around everyone when she grows up. I am very thankful to all the doctors and staff at CSC that helped her have surgery for her eye.”

"Mey's squint was corrected in her left eye. She has been given eye drops to apply 4 times a day to protect herself from infection," reports...

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February 3, 2016

“I am shy around my friends and I don’t feel good when I go outside and meet new people,” says Mey, an 11-year-old girl living in Cambodia. Mey was born with esotropia of the left eye, a condition that causes her eye to turn inward.

Mey is the middle child in the family and is in first grade. She loves playing with dolls and drawing pictures.

Mey traveled 3 hours with her mother to Children’s Surgical Centre, a Watsi medical partner, where she heard she could receive treatment free of charge. With a limited income and three children to support, Mey’s parents cannot afford the treatment her daughter needs.

Strabismus correction surgery for Mey will cost $290. Following a strabismus correction surgery, Mey’s left eye will be aligned correctly.

After surgery, Mey’s mother hopes her daughter will no longer be shy around other kids due to her condition.

“I am shy around my friends and I don’t feel good when I go outside and meet new people,” says Mey, an 11-year-old girl living in Cambodia. ...

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Mey's Timeline

  • February 3, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mey was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 3, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mey received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • February 15, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 18, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mey's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 14, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Squint / Strabismus
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other. This can cause decreased vision in children and double vision in adults.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

In children, strabismus can cause amblyopia, or lazy eye, where the vision development is stunted. If not treated early enough, amblyopia can cause permanent decreased vision or blindness. In adults, strabismus can cause double vision, which can be severely debilitating. In addition to headaches and eye strain, symptoms may include an inability to read comfortably, fatigue when reading, and unstable or "jittery" vision. Notably, strabismus interferes with normal eye contact, often causing embarrassment, anger, and feelings of awkwardness. It affects social communication in a fundamental way, with a possible negative effect on self esteem. One study showed that the behavior of strabismic children was marked by inhibition, anxiety, and emotional disorders.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

The etiology for strabismus in children is poorly understood. Strabismus affects children worldwide and is reported to be present in about 4% of children.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgeons identify and move muscles in the eye in order to straighten the eye. The conjunctiva (clear covering of the white part of the eye) is opened to reveal the muscle and then closed. This is usually done under general anesthesia.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

For children, straightening the eyes can help treat amblyopia and allow the pathway from the eyes to the brain to develop normally. For adults, straightening the eyes will improve double vision.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Strabismus surgery can cure the problem. The risk of surgery is low. Certain congenital disorders and syndromes can present with strabismus. In this case, children are fully evaluated by medical specialists.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Strabismus is primarily a surgical problem. Many patients travel from far provinces to our medical partner because they cannot receive this care locally.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Some strabismus can be treated with glasses or prisms, but surgery is usually needed.

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