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Success! Sok Eng from Cambodia raised $201 to fund eye surgery.

Sok Eng
  • $201 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Sok Eng's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2019.

Photo of Sok Eng post-operation

September 16, 2019

Sok Eng underwent eye surgery.

Sok Eng has returned home after a successful operation. He was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-operative swelling has started to go down, and his vision has improved. Thanks to surgery, he will be able to work and go about his daily life with improved vision and without discomfort and irritation.

“I am so happy that my surgery was successful and that my eye is much more comfortable than before. I am able to go back to work and go anywhere outside on my own.”

Sok Eng has returned home after a successful operation. He was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent infection. Post-op...

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August 13, 2019

Sok Eng is a 29-year-old garment factory worker from Cambodia. He has two sons, and enjoys watching the news on television in his free time.

One year ago, Sok Eng developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him irritation and tearing. 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. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside.

When Sok Eng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Sok Eng 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 $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for August 14.

He says, “I hope that I will be able to see more clearly and my eyes will look better so that I can return to work.”

Sok Eng is a 29-year-old garment factory worker from Cambodia. He has two sons, and enjoys watching the news on television in his free time....

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Sok Eng's Timeline

  • August 13, 2019

    Sok Eng was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 14, 2019

    Sok Eng 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 15, 2019

    Sok Eng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2019

    Sok Eng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 29, 2019

    Sok Eng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $201 for Sok Eng's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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