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Success! Phanith from Cambodia raised $290 to correct his crossed eyes.

Phanith
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Phanith's treatment was fully funded on February 16, 2016.

Photo of Phanith post-operation

February 28, 2016

Phanith received surgery to correct his crossed eyes.

Surgery to correct Phanith’s estropia was successful, realigning his eyes to correct his vision and give his eyes a normal appearance. He no longer has to go about his daily activities feeling uncomfortable about his appearance or his ability to see.

“I feel very happy that my eye looks good and is straight like other people,” Phanith tells us. “Now I can continue my work and go anywhere without feeling shy with my friends or anyone.”

Surgery to correct Phanith's estropia was successful, realigning his eyes to correct his vision and give his eyes a normal appearance. He no...

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February 1, 2016

Meet Phanith, a 21-year-old from Cambodia who works at a nearby water purification factory. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center (CSC), shares that besides working, Phanith enjoys listening to classical music in his free time.

Since birth, Phanith has had a visual condition called esotropia where his right eye turns inward. Because of this, he is shy around others.

Phanith shares, “I am shy because other people always call me ‘cross eyed man’.” He does not enjoy doing work at the factory or being outside for fear of being seen and mocked.

This lack of coordination between Phanith’s ocular muscles prevents him from having depth perception or general binocular vision.

For $290, Phanith can undergo correction surgery where one of those extraocular muscles will be shortened or lengthened to align the eye properly. The cost of both surgery and recovery will be covered.

CSC believes that after the surgery, Phanith’s right eye will realign and he will be able to return to work with more confidence.

Phanith’s father hopes that his “son is good looking with a straight eye, so he isn’t shy with anyone anymore and he can feel good about his work and go anywhere he wants to.”

Meet Phanith, a 21-year-old from Cambodia who works at a nearby water purification factory. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Center ...

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Phanith's Timeline

  • February 1, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 1, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phanith 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 11, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phanith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 16, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phanith's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 28, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Phanith's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 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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