USING CYBERSIGHT TO HELP DIAGNOSE AND TREAT URGENT CASES DURING LOCKDOWN

Orbis partner Dr. Khauv is a Cambodian ophthalmologist who has been using Cybersight for more than a decade, seeking consultations on nearly 200 patients. Thanks to the support of Orbis Volunteer Faculty Dr. Shaikh, he was able to diagnose and treat an urgent case, even in the midst of a pandemic.

The parents of a 10-year-old began to worry when they noticed their daughter wouldn’t stop rubbing her eye. They took her to see Dr. Phara Khauv, a local ophthalmologist who found an abnormality – the likely result of either a severe infection or retinoblastoma, a type of cancer affecting the eyes of children. Dr. Khauv feared that she faced a sight-threatening condition, or even worse, a life-threatening one.

Determined to make the right diagnosis on the complex case, he turned to a familiar resource: Orbis’s telemedicine platform, Cybersight. The platform’s teleconsulting feature allows ophthalmologists like Dr. Khauv to upload patient cases and receive advice from expert mentor doctors around the world.

“Since I work alone, Cybersight is my learning tool and my teacher as well,” says Dr. Khauv. “I grow a lot from it.”

Dr. Khauv first became involved with Orbis in 2007, during a Flying Eye Hospital visit to Cambodia. There he met Volunteer Faculty member Dr. Daniel Neely and was selected the following year for a fellowship, sponsored by Orbis partner FedEx, to study with him in the United States.

“At that time, Dr. Khauv was one of only eight ophthalmologists in Cambodia,” says Dr. Neely. “Since then, he has become one of the most sought-after ophthalmologists in the country, even as more doctors have been trained.”

Over the years, Dr. Khauv has also become a power user of Cybersight, seeking consults on nearly 200 patient cases!

Doctors Khauv and Neely in Cambodia in 2007