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Success! Vutha from Cambodia raised $314 to fund eye surgery.

Vutha
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  • $314 raised, $0 to go
$314
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Vutha's treatment was fully funded on July 15, 2021.

Photo of Vutha post-operation

July 9, 2021

Vutha underwent eye surgery.

Vutha’s surgery was a success and his eyes look and feel well finally. He will rest for a few days and apply eye drops to decrease the risk of infection. With a shy smile, Vutha shares that he won’t feel self-conscious anymore and is relieved he won’t need to experience taunting from other children about his eye. Vutha wanted us to know that he will work hard in school with his newfound confidence.

His father said, “I am proud of Vutha for getting this surgery so he can do better in school and not be self-conscious about his appearance.”

Vutha's surgery was a success and his eyes look and feel well finally. He will rest for a few days and apply eye drops to decrease the risk ...

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May 25, 2021

Vutha is a 10-year-old student in the fourth grade. His father is a policeman, while is mother cares for him and his siblings. He has four siblings. At school, Vutha enjoys reading the most, but he also works hard at math. When not in class, he and his friends play soccer as much as they can.

Vutha has strabismus in his right eye. 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 study. It is also becoming more difficult for him to play sports with his friends.

Vutha traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On May 25th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align his eyes. Now, Vutha needs help to raise $314 to fund this procedure.

Vutha said, “After surgery I want to see well like my friends. I think I will be even better at reading too when this surgery is done.”

Vutha is a 10-year-old student in the fourth grade. His father is a policeman, while is mother cares for him and his siblings. He has four s...

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Vutha's Timeline

  • May 25, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 25, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vutha 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 25, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vutha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 9, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vutha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 15, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vutha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Squint / Strabismus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $314 for Vutha's treatment
Hospital Fees
$62
Medical Staff
$212
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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