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Success! Pheareth from Cambodia raised $150 for surgery to restore his vision.

Pheareth
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  • $150 raised, $0 to go
$150
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Pheareth's treatment was fully funded on August 15, 2016.

Photo of Pheareth post-operation

October 12, 2016

Pheareth successfully received surgery to restore his vision.

15 years ago, 28-year-old Pheareth from Cambodia developed a pterygium in each eye. While the growths are benign, they have caused Pheareth burning and tearing, and for years he has not been able to see clearly.

After traveling to the Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), Pheareth successfully received surgery to remove the pterygium growths in both of his eyes! The surgery was a success; he is in much less pain now and the tearing has completely stopped. With time, his symptoms will continue to lessen and his vision will continue to improve.

“I am good looking and feel comfortable again so I can continue my work easily and go outside on my own,” shares Pheareth.

15 years ago, 28-year-old Pheareth from Cambodia developed a pterygium in each eye. While the growths are benign, they have caused Pheareth ...

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July 7, 2016

Pheareth is a 28 year old man married without children. He enjoys watching TV and sports and using Facebook. He likes using Youtube to research and learn about medicine.

Pheareth developed a pterygium in his left eye around 15 years ago. A pterygium is a thin growth on the clear tissue of the eye that eventually spreads to the cornea. This causes blurred vision, irritation, burning, itching, and photophobia.

With $150, he can undergo pterygium excision surgery and be relieved of the irritation. He will feel more comfortable, and his vision will improve.

Pheareth shares, “I hope I am better looking and more comfortable, so I can continue my work as a medical seller and watch videos easily.”

Pheareth is a 28 year old man married without children. He enjoys watching TV and sports and using Facebook. He likes using Youtube to resea...

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Pheareth's Timeline

  • July 7, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 7, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pheareth 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.

  • August 8, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pheareth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 15, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pheareth's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 12, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pheareth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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