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Success! Sopheak from Cambodia raised $292 to fund eye surgery.

Sopheak
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sopheak's treatment was fully funded on April 10, 2018.

Photo of Sopheak post-operation

February 15, 2018

Sopheak underwent eye surgery.

Sopheak has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Sopheak’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve his quality of life. He looks forward to being able to go places independently and see his children’s faces clearly.

He says, “I have feel very happy that my eye is looking better and that I look handsome.”

Sopheak has returned home after a quick and successful surgery. Sopheak’s visual acuity has improved, which will greatly improve his quality...

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February 13, 2018

Sopheak is a construction worker from Cambodia. He has three sons and is married. He enjoys listening to classical music.

Sopheak has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for him to see clearly and work.

Sopheak traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On February 14, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align his eyes. Now, Sopheak needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure.

He says, “I hope my vision is restored so I can see clearly and return to my home.”

Sopheak is a construction worker from Cambodia. He has three sons and is married. He enjoys listening to classical music. Sopheak has str...

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Sopheak's Timeline

  • February 13, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sopheak was submitted by Christine Jacobson, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 14, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sopheak 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.

  • February 14, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sopheak's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 15, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sopheak's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 10, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sopheak's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Squint / Strabismus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Sopheak's treatment
Hospital Fees
$62
Medical Staff
$190
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 strabismus is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other. This can cause decreased vision in children and double vision in adults.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

In children, strabismus can cause amblyopia, or lazy eye, where the vision development is stunted. If not treated early enough, amblyopia can cause permanent decreased vision or blindness. In adults, strabismus can cause double vision, which can be severely debilitating. In addition to headaches and eye strain, symptoms may include an inability to read comfortably, fatigue when reading, and unstable or "jittery" vision. Notably, strabismus interferes with normal eye contact, often causing embarrassment, anger, and feelings of awkwardness. It affects social communication in a fundamental way, with a possible negative effect on self esteem. One study showed that the behavior of strabismic children was marked by inhibition, anxiety, and emotional disorders.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

The etiology for strabismus in children is poorly understood. Strabismus affects children worldwide and is reported to be present in about 4% of children.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgeons identify and move muscles in the eye in order to straighten the eye. The conjunctiva (clear covering of the white part of the eye) is opened to reveal the muscle and then closed. This is usually done under general anesthesia.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

For children, straightening the eyes can help treat amblyopia and allow the pathway from the eyes to the brain to develop normally. For adults, straightening the eyes will improve double vision.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Strabismus surgery can cure the problem. The risk of surgery is low. Certain congenital disorders and syndromes can present with strabismus. In this case, children are fully evaluated by medical specialists.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Strabismus is primarily a surgical problem. Many patients travel from far provinces to our medical partner because they cannot receive this care locally.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Some strabismus can be treated with glasses or prisms, but surgery is usually needed.

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