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Success! Yan from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly.

Yan
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$253
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Yan's treatment was fully funded on September 6, 2022.

Photo of Yan post-operation

September 27, 2022

Yan underwent cataract surgery so she can see more clearly.

For several years, Yan’s vision had deteriorated and she was unable to go outside. She was troubled as she could not clean the house or cook. After surgery, she and her husband returned to their province and her sight had already improved. She will rest for a few days, and apply eye drops to aid the healing process and decrease the risk of infection. The cataract surgery will improve her life because she will feel more useful to her family and can be more independent. Yan looks forward to visiting her children, her friends, and neighbors again.

Yan’s daughter said, “We are grateful that my mother’s vision has improved. She looks forward to baking Khmer cakes for her grandchildren and going on walks again to the local pagoda. Thank you for your help.”

For several years, Yan's vision had deteriorated and she was unable to go outside. She was troubled as she could not clean the house or cook...

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July 19, 2022

Yan is a 67-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren. She lives with her husband and their daughter, who is a laborer. Yan enjoys spending time going to the pagoda and listening to monks pray.

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

When Yan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 19th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Yan says, “I hope to see well enough to recognize my family and take care of my grandchildren well.”

Yan is a 67-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren. She lives with her husband a...

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Yan's Timeline

  • July 19, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 19, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yan 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.

  • July 19, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 6, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yan's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 27, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Yan's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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