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

Sopheak
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sopheak's treatment was fully funded on August 30, 2019.

Photo of Sopheak post-operation

August 16, 2019

Sopheak underwent eye surgery.

Sopheak has returned home after a successful operation. He was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-operative swelling has started to go down, and his eyes have been corrected. Thanks to surgery, he will be able to work and go about his daily life with improved vision and confidence.

Sopheak has returned home after a successful operation. He was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-op...

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August 13, 2019

Sopheak is an eighth-grade student from Cambodia. He has one older brother, and his favorite subject in school is mathematics.

Sopheak has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for him to see straight and he does not have any confidence at school.

Sopheak traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On August 13, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align his eyes. Now, Sopheak needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure.

He says, “I hope that after my surgery I will be able to see straight, and I will no longer be shy around my friends.”

Sopheak is an eighth-grade student from Cambodia. He has one older brother, and his favorite subject in school is mathematics. Sopheak ha...

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Sopheak's Timeline

  • August 13, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sopheak was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 13, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sopheak 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.

  • August 15, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sopheak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 16, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sopheak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 30, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sopheak's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Squint / Strabismus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Sopheak'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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