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July 17, 2017

Ren is a 77-year-old grandmother from Cambodia. She is married with one son and four grandchildren. She enjoys watching comedy TV shows and partaking in ceremonies at the local pagoda.

Ren developed a pterygium in each eye about 10 years ago. A pterygium is a condition in which excess tissue growth covers the surface of the eye. This causes blurred vision, irritation, and tearing. It is difficult for Ren to see things clearly and go places on her own.

Ren traveled one hour with a family member to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. The eye surgeons at CSC plan to remove the pterygium on July 17. CSC is requesting $201 to help fund the surgery. After the procedure, Ren will be able to see clearly again.

Ren is a 77-year-old grandmother from Cambodia. She is married with one son and four grandchildren. She enjoys watching comedy TV shows and ...

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Ren's Timeline

  • July 17, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ren was submitted by Anne McMurrey, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 17, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ren received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • August 03, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ren's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 04, 2017
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Ren is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $201 for Ren's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$115
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 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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