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Success! Tol from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Tol
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
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$0
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Fully funded
Tol's treatment was fully funded on May 7, 2022.

Photo of Tol post-operation

May 18, 2022

Tol underwent cataract surgery to improve her vision.

On the advice of a neighbor, Tol traveled for many hours with her daughter to seek help for her blurry vision. When she was able to open her eye the following day, she was amazed at how well she could discern colors and faces. She will rest for a few days with local relatives before starting her long journey home. Tol’s life will improve because she will be able to help on the farm and support her family by watching the grandchildren and making sure they go to school. She looks forward to working outside again, as well as being able to watch the TV, not just listen to it.

Tol’s daughter said: “We are so grateful that my mother was able to have this surgery. She feels more useful and will be able to visit the local pagoda and her neighbors. Thank you to anyone who paid for my mother to have this surgery; she is more independent now that she can see well again.”

On the advice of a neighbor, Tol traveled for many hours with her daughter to seek help for her blurry vision. When she was able to open her...

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February 9, 2022

Tol is a 51-year-old rice farmer with one son, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Tol lives with her eldest daughter who also works as a farmer. In her free time, she enjoys watching the news on television and listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Tol developed a cataract in her left eye causing her blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces. She is also worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own.

When Tol learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled far across her country for eight and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Tol shared, “I hope I can see well again so I can return to planting rice and crops and playing with my grandchildren.”

Tol is a 51-year-old rice farmer with one son, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Tol lives with her eldest daughter who also works as a ...

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Tol's Timeline

  • February 9, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tol was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 9, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tol received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. 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.

  • February 11, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tol's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 7, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tol's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tol's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Tol's treatment
Hospital Fees
$48
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with cataracts experience decreased vision, discomfort, and irritation. Cataracts occur when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy, causing functional blindness. These changes in the lens commonly occur with increasing age and therefore affect elderly people. Cataracts can also be congenital or traumatic.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The decreased vision from cataracts can cause functional blindness. This makes it difficult for the patient to conduct daily activities. Patients often need a family member to help guide and care for them. If the patient is elderly, this often affects a young child in the family. When a grandmother needs help getting around, a young child is often assigned to help with her daily tasks. That child cannot go to school.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In many countries in the developing world, surgical services are inadequate. Cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness globally. Even where surgical services are available, barriers to surgery remain, including cost, shortage of human resources, poor infrastructure, and limited awareness about access to available services.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed worldwide. Surgeons remove the cloudy lens and place a clear lens implant in its place.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

A patient's vision can improve to 20/20 within one day after the surgery.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Cataract surgery is highly effective and carries a low risk.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Cataract surgery is available in most areas of Cambodia. However, free surgery is not as widely available.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Some debilitating effects of cataracts can be improved with glasses. When the cataract becomes mature, however, the only definitive treatment is surgical.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.