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July 18, 2017

Yen is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married with two sons and four grandchildren. During her free time, she enjoys keeping up with the news and being with family.

Five years ago, Yen developed a pterygium, a pink tissue growth, in each eye. This causes her blurred vision, irritation, and tearing. Yen has difficulty seeing things clearly and going places on her own.

Yen and her son traveled for four hours to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. Yen is scheduled to undergo eye surgery to remove the pterygium from both of her eyes on July 18. CSC is requesting $201 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.

After the procedure, Yen will be able to see clearly again and return to her favorite activities.

Yen is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married with two sons and four grandchildren. During her free time, she enjoys keepin...

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Yen's Timeline

  • July 18, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yen was submitted by Anne McMurrey, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yen received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • August 03, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 10, 2017
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Yen's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Yen is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $201 for Yen's treatment
Hospital Fees
$46
Medical Staff
$115
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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