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Success! Lan from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye treatment.

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

Photo of Lan post-operation

October 17, 2020

Lan underwent pterygium eye treatment.

Our medical partner shared that Lan’s eye surgery was successful. He has traveled back home now with medicated eye-drops and a one-week follow-up appointment has been scheduled. Once he has fully recovered, Lan will no longer experience irritation or tearing in his eye, giving him increased comfort in his day-to-day life.

Lan said, “I am excited that I can finally work in peace without having tearing in my eye.”

Our medical partner shared that Lan's eye surgery was successful. He has traveled back home now with medicated eye-drops and a one-week foll...

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August 11, 2020

Lan is a 63-year-old fisherman from Cambodia. He has three sons, five daughters, and ten grandchildren. Lan lives with his wife and enjoys keeping up with the news in his free time.

Five years ago, Lan developed a pterygium in right, causing him burning, irritation, tearing, redness, and discomfort with his appearance. 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.

When Lan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for more than two and a half hours with his wife seeking treatment. Lan 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. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for August 11th.

Lan said, “I hope after the pterygium is removed I can feel comfortable again and go fishing more to support my family.”

Lan is a 63-year-old fisherman from Cambodia. He has three sons, five daughters, and ten grandchildren. Lan lives with his wife and enjoys k...

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Lan's Timeline

  • August 11, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 11, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lan 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.

  • August 12, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 17, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 24, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lan's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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