“One month ago, Phea developed a chalazion on her right eye,” explains our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “The cyst on her eyelid is swollen and causes a burning sensation.”
Phea is married and has two sons. She is 34 years old, and she and her family live in Cambodia. To support her family Phea works in a garment factory, and enjoys Thai dramas on TV and classical music in her free time.
To seek treatment for the cyst, Phea and her sister travelled for two hours to get to CSC. Doctors diagnosed her with a chalazion, a small, benign bump that appears on the eyelid. Untreated, it can be uncomfortable and interfere with vision.
Because the cyst interferes with Phea’s vision, doctors recommend that it be removed. With a simple operation, the doctors will make a small incision to cut the chalazion away from the eye and allow Phea to see clearly again without any burning sensation.
$150 will cover the cost of pre-operative care, surgery, necessary medicines, and hospital stay.
After the surgery, Phea looks forward to getting rid of the burning sensation and improving the appearance of her eye. “I will be able to do my work well and not worry about how the cyst affects my vision,” she tells us.