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Success! Ry from Cambodia raised $150 for surgery to restore his vision.

Ry
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$150
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$0
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Fully funded
Ry's treatment was fully funded on May 15, 2016.

Photo of Ry post-operation

June 23, 2016

Ry successfully received vision-restoring surgery.

After a year of blurred vision and pain, Ry was able to undergo a surgery to remove the pterygiums in both of his eyes.

The non-cancerous growths kept him from being able to see clearly, and he was unable to enjoy planting fruits around his home, a favorite activity. The procedure was successful and the growths were removed, and he has been given an ointment to apply daily to keep him safe from infection.

With the pterygiums removed, Ry feels much more comfortable and is very happy that he is able to see better and return to life without pain.

After a year of blurred vision and pain, Ry was able to undergo a surgery to remove the pterygiums in both of his eyes. The non-cancerou...

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April 25, 2016

Meet Ry, a 61-year-old man from Cambodia. “Ry is married with 4 sons, 4 daughters, and 10 grandchildren. He enjoys listening to social news on the radio and planting fruits around his home,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

One year ago, Ry developed a pterygium in each eye. A pterygium occurs when growth starts on the clear tissue of the eye and spreads to the cornea. “This causes him to have blurred vision and experience tearing, irritation, and burning,” CSC explains.

After learning about CSC, Ry and his son sister travelled three hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Ry’s sight.

With $150, Ry will undergo an excision surgery, and his cyst will be removed. “The burning, pain, and irritation will be relieved. His eyes will look much better after the operation. The redness and tearing will also stop,” CSC explains.

Meet Ry, a 61-year-old man from Cambodia. “Ry is married with 4 sons, 4 daughters, and 10 grandchildren. He enjoys listening to social news ...

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Ry's Timeline

  • April 25, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ry was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 25, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ry 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.

  • May 12, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ry's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 15, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ry's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 23, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ry's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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