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Success! Makara from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery.

Makara
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Makara's treatment was fully funded on July 24, 2021.

Photo of Makara post-operation

June 22, 2021

Makara underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Makara had a successful surgery and has post-op eye drops prescribed to him for healing and avoiding infection. Makara is relieved that his itchiness and photophobia have disappeared. He’s especially grateful for support as once his eye completely heals, he can return home and resume his profession as an optometrist.

His wife is so happy with Makara’s improved eyesight and is glad that he will be able to return to work soon. Makara looks forward to being more independent now that he can see better and that his symptoms disappeared.

Makara had a successful surgery and has post-op eye drops prescribed to him for healing and avoiding infection. Makara is relieved that his ...

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May 4, 2021

Makara is a 32-year-old optometrist, however his office has been closed recently due to a pandemic lockdown in his city. He is married and has one three-year-old son. Makara’s wife works in a garment factory. Now, he is staying at home at taking care of his son.

One year ago, Makara developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and sensitivity to light. 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.

Makara 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 his procedure is $216, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 4th.

Makara shared, “thank you for helping me have this surgery. I hope I can be well again and return to work once lockdown ends.”

Makara is a 32-year-old optometrist, however his office has been closed recently due to a pandemic lockdown in his city. He is married and h...

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Makara's Timeline

  • May 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Makara received 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.

  • May 5, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Makara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Makara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 24, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Makara's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Makara'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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