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Darith is a 50-year-old construction worker from Cambodia who needs $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery.

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September 13, 2021

Darith is a 50-year-old construction worker. He’s married and lives with his wife who is a garment worker. He has one son, two daughters, and one grandchild. Unfortunately, Darith is unable to work regularly because his eye is irritated and he does not see well. Instead, he stays home and often listens to the radio.

Five years ago, Darith developed a pterygium in his right eye causing him irritation, itchiness, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil.

When Darith learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 13th, Darith will undergo a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $216, which will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days.

Darith shared, “I hope my eyes stop itching and I can go to work a full day to earn money for my family.”

Darith is a 50-year-old construction worker. He's married and lives with his wife who is a garment worker. He has one son, two daughters, an...

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Darith's Timeline

  • September 13, 2021

    Darith was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • September 13, 2021

    Darith was scheduled to receive 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.

  • September 14, 2021

    Darith's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Darith is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Darith's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Darith's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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