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Success! Uon from Cambodia raised $148 to fund eye surgery.

Uon
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  • $148 raised, $0 to go
$148
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Uon's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Uon post-operation

June 19, 2017

Uon underwent eye surgery.

Her eye pterygium was successfully removed from her right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. She will return soon for the same surgery on her left eye.

Her eye pterygium was successfully removed from her right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given ey...

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May 31, 2017

Uon is a 33-year-old factory worker from Cambodia who is married with three sons. She likes to watch Khmer dramas and listen to classical music in her free time.

Two years ago, Uon developed a pterygium, a growth of pink, fleshy tissue, in each eye. This caused Uon to experience blurred vision, redness, and burning. Due to these symptoms, she does not feel comfortable enough to work or go anywhere on her own.

Uon traveled for three hours with her aunt to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. She is scheduled to undergo eye surgery to remove the pterygium from both eyes on May 31. To fund the treatment, CSC is requesting $148 to cover the total cost of her procedure.

Uon is a 33-year-old factory worker from Cambodia who is married with three sons. She likes to watch Khmer dramas and listen to classical mu...

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Uon's Timeline

  • May 31, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 31, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Uon 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.

  • June 8, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Uon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 19, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Uon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Uon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $148 for Uon's treatment
Hospital Fees
$97
Medical Staff
$50
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 pterygium, a non-cancerous growth of conjunctiva covering the cornea, causes tearing, redness, blurred vision, burning, itchiness, and discomfort.

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

When the growth affects the central visual axis, vision will be decreased. The abnormal growth also causes pain and discomfort. Patients usually complain of irritation, light sensitivity, foreign body sensation, and decreased vision.

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

Pterygium occurrence is much higher among people who live near the equator because of greater exposure to the sun. It is nicknamed "surfer's eye."

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgeons scrape the dysplastic conjunctiva from the cornea surface, removing the affected conjunctiva. They place an autologous conjunctival graft to cover the defect and prevent recurrence.

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

Surgery cures the symptoms caused by pterygium. Patients experience improved vision and reduced pain and discomfort.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgical excision of a pterygium is curative. The procedure is very low risk.

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

Most patients live with the eye irritation and decreased vision until it starts to affect their daily life. Then, they seek care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Irritation can be temporarily treated with lubricating drops.

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