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Tok is a farmer from Cambodia who needs $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery.

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June 8, 2020

Tok is a 69-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She live is Kampongthom Province, farming by herself. She has three sons and six grandchildren, but they live in other areas. Her husband passed away six years ago due to malaria. Her farm requires a lot of work, but when she has free time she also volunteers to do tasks at the local pagoda.

Six years ago, Tok developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her blurred vision, tearing, and irritation. 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Tok learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours by taxi seeking treatment. Tok needs 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 her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for June 8th.

Tok said, “I live alone, so I need to have my good eyesight so I can do everything. I hope my eye surgery is successful so I can work in the fields, do housework, and go outside on my own.”

Tok is a 69-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She live is Kampongthom Province, farming by herself. She has three sons and six grandchildren, b...

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Tok's Timeline

  • June 8, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tok was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • June 08, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tok received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • June 09, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tok's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2020
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Tok is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Tok's treatment
Hospital Fees
$47
Medical Staff
$129
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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