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Success! Sophanaroth from Cambodia raised $264 to fund eye surgery.

Sophanaroth
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  • $264 raised, $0 to go
$264
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sophanaroth's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2016.

Photo of Sophanaroth post-operation

January 24, 2017

Sophanaroth underwent successful eye surgery.

Sophanaroth’s eye treatment went well for both eyes. She was given eye drops to reduce inflammation. Sophanaroth’s vision has improved, and she feels better about herself.

Sophanaroth’s grandmother says, “I am very happy that my granddaughter looks better. I don’t have to worry about her eyes. She won’t feel shy around others when she goes to school.”

Sophanaroth's eye treatment went well for both eyes. She was given eye drops to reduce inflammation. Sophanaroth's vision has improved, and ...

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October 31, 2016

Sophanaroth is seven years old and in the second grade. She has one brother and one sister. In her free time, she likes to read books and paint pictures.

Sophanaroth has a type of congenital strabismus called exotropia in her right eye. This condition causes her eye to turn outward.

When Sophanaroth’s family learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, they traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On October 31, doctors performed a corrective eye surgery. After recovery, Sophanaroth’s vision will improve. Now, her family needs help to fund this $264 procedure.

“I hope my granddaughter feels better with her eye,” says Sophanaroth’s grandmother, who accompanied her to surgery, “so that I don’t have to worry about her being shy around everyone when she goes to school.”

Sophanaroth is seven years old and in the second grade. She has one brother and one sister. In her free time, she likes to read books and pa...

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Sophanaroth's Timeline

  • October 31, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sophanaroth was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • October 31, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sophanaroth 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.

  • December 2, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophanaroth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 24, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sophanaroth's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sophanaroth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Squint / Strabismus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $264 for Sophanaroth's treatment
Hospital Fees
$113
Medical Staff
$150
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • 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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