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Success! Vong from Cambodia raised $290 for life-changing eye surgery.

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Vong's treatment was fully funded on March 11, 2016.

Photo of Vong post-operation

March 21, 2016

Vong received successful surgery to correct her vision.

“Vong’s squint correction surgery went well,” reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Her eyes have now been aligned properly, allowing them to focus more easily and improve their appearance. With the procedure completed, she has been sent home with her family with eye drops to apply daily which will help her recover and prevent infection.

Vong and her family are relieved that she will no longer be impacted by her condition. “I feel very happy that my granddaughter is better looking with straight eyes,” her grandmother tells us. “Now I’m not worried about her being shy around other people when she grows up. She won’t have to worry anymore.”

"Vong's squint correction surgery went well," reports our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Her eyes have now been aligned ...

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February 5, 2016

Vong is a 12-month-old only girl who lives in Cambodia with her parents. “She enjoys watching cartoon songs on a mobile phone,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Vong’s parents brought her to CSC to address her esotropia, a condition that causes both of her eyes to turn inward. If untreated, Vong will have difficulty fixating her vision on a single point, and she risks feeling uncomfortable around other people. Her mother says, “I worry that her eyes will become lazy and she won’t feel good about it as she gets older.”

For $290, Vong will receive correction surgery to align her eyes with one another. During the procedure, doctors will straighten or tighten the eye muscles to achieve this alignment.

“I hope after surgery my daughter’s eyes are straight,” says Vong’s mother. “I want her to feel confident.”

Vong is a 12-month-old only girl who lives in Cambodia with her parents. “She enjoys watching cartoon songs on a mobile phone,” shares our m...

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Vong's Timeline

  • February 5, 2016

    Vong was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 05, 2016

    Vong 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.

  • February 12, 2016

    Vong's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 11, 2016

    Vong's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 21, 2016

    Vong's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

Profile 48x48 screen shot 2016 03 16 at 2.45.05 pm
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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