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Success! Kimleang from Cambodia raised $292 to fund eye surgery.

Kimleang
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kimleang's treatment was fully funded on June 15, 2018.

Photo of Kimleang post-operation

April 27, 2018

Kimleang underwent eye surgery.

Kimleang’s operation went smoothly and she has returned home. Her eye is a little bit swollen after surgery, but she’s been given drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. Following surgery, Kimleang’s vision and confidence are lifted.

She says, “I am looking good with my straight eye and I will not be shy anymore.”

Kimleang's operation went smoothly and she has returned home. Her eye is a little bit swollen after surgery, but she's been given drops to r...

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April 23, 2018

Kimleang is a high school student from Cambodia. She is an only child. She is in the tenth grade and enjoys studying mathematics. She wants to be an accountant.

Kimleang has strabismus in her right eye. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for her to see clearly.

Kimleang traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On April 24, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Kimleang needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure.

She says, “I am looking forward to going home and spending time with my friends.”

Kimleang is a high school student from Cambodia. She is an only child. She is in the tenth grade and enjoys studying mathematics. She wants ...

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Kimleang's Timeline

  • April 23, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kimleang was submitted by Christine Jacobson, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 24, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kimleang received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • April 25, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kimleang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 27, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kimleang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 15, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kimleang's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Squint / Strabismus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Kimleang's treatment
Hospital Fees
$62
Medical Staff
$190
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • 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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