“Horn is a 45-year-old woman who works in a cement factory,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). She lives in Cambodia and is married with two sons and one daughter.
About two years ago, Horn developed a noncancerous growth, or pterygium, in each eye. Also known as “surfer’s eye,” these growths occur on the conjunctiva of the eye. They cause burning pain, tearing and blurred vision.
Pterygiums are caused by exposure to sunlight and are more common in countries near the equator. Treating them requires a simple, $148 surgery to scrape the growth from the conjunctiva and graft new tissue on to prevent them from recurring.
Horn travelled three hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment. With our help, she’ll be able to undergo surgery and regain her full vision.