Channa is a nine-year-old girl in first grade from Cambodia. She traveled four hours to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), with her mom. One year ago, Channa developed a traumatic cataract in her right eye. While swimming in a pond with her friend, an injury occurred that has left her partially blind and with a cloudy lens. Channa can't see clearly, do well at school, or easily play with her friends. The white lens also makes her shy when she is around her friends. Traumatic cataracts typically occur following an injury to the eye, and can form several months to a year after the event. Channa will need surgery to cure her condition. After a lens aspiration surgery and an intraocular lens (IOL) implant in her right eye, Channa will be able to see clearly again. Lens aspiration surgery is a commonly practiced procedure for children and infants, and will safely remove the cloudy cataract. The clear, IOL implant will then be placed on Channa's eye. Channa enjoys playing games and walking with her friends in her free time. Her mom hopes that the treatment will work so Channa can go back to school and continue studying Khmer and English. "I hope she can begin learning English after her successful surgery so she can get a good job in the future," Channa's mother shares.
Sun is 75 years old, and lives with his wife and four sons in Cambodia. According to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), “Sun spends his free time reading the bible and joining in ceremonies at the pagoda.” Three months ago, Sun developed a cataract in his right eye. This causes him blurred vision and tearing. Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, leading to dim vision and blurriness. As the most common cause of partial blindness, cataracts naturally continue to worsen if left untreated. For $150, Sun will undergo cataract surgery in his right eye. This operation involves removing the affected lens and replacing it with a clear, artificial implant. Cataract surgery is widely practiced and very effective—Sun will experience restored vision the day of his procedure. "I hope after treatment I can see everything clearly as normal again so I can read any letters and see the faces of everyone clearly,” says Sun. “I hope I can easily go anywhere outside."
Phan is married with two sons, three daughters, and three grandchildren. He enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio and hearing social news on the radio. He traveled three hours with his daughter seeking treatment. Phan developed a cataract in each eye three years ago. This causes him blurred vision and tearing, and he is afraid of sunshine. Two weeks ago, he successfully had the cataract removed from his right eye. He has returned to have the same surgery on his left eye. He will be able to see clearly again out of his left eye. With $150, Phan can undergo the simple procedure that will allow both eyes to see, without the pain or discomfort that has persisted for years. Phan shares, "I hope I can see clearly again so I can repair radios to earn money and support my family."
Khan is a 68-year-old married woman with two sons, three daughters, and ten grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray and joining in the ceremonies. Unfortunately, ever since she developed cataracts in both eyes last year, it has been much more difficult for Khan to participate in the activities she enjoys. Her condition-the clouding of the eyes' lenses-causes her blurred vision, tearing, and light sensitivity. Khan can't see clearly, do her work well, or go outside on her own. Khan traveled three hours with her son to reach Children's Surgical Centre, where she underwent a successful cataract removal on her left eye last month. She can see clearly out of that eye now. She has returned to have the same surgery performed on her right eye. During the quick and highly-effective procedure, the eye's cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear, artificial implant. After this surgery Khan's vision will be restored.
Sameav is an 81-year-old grandmother from Cambodia, who is married with 3 sons, 1 daughter, and 12 grandchildren. She enjoys talking with her neighbors, taking care of her grandchildren, and visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. She traveled 6 hours with her son to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. Sameav developed a cataract in each eye 3 years ago. This causes her blurred vision, tearing, and irritation. Surgeons at CSC removed the cataract in her right eye on April 26th, 2016. She has returned to have the same surgery for her left eye. After an extracapsular cataract extraction and intraocular implant in her left eye, her vision will improve. $150 will cover the cost of the surgery, and allow Sameav to see clearly again. Let's help make it possible!
Meet Ly, a 73-year-old grandfather from Cambodia. “Ly is married with two sons, one daughter, and seven grandchildren,” says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “He spends his time reading books and newspapers, and planting crops around his home.” “Six months ago, Ly developed a cataract in his right eye,” shares CSC. “This causes him blurred vision, and a sensation of something in his eye.” A cataract occurs as proteins begin to develop on the lens of the eye. Cataracts often get progressively worse over time, as more proteins develop on the lens, causing it to become more clouded and impairing vision further. Ly explains, "It is hard for me to see everything clearly and recognize the faces of people around me. It is hard to go anywhere outside.” To ensure that Ly does not lose his vision, he needs to have the lens of his eye surgically replaced. In a short operation, doctors can restore Ly’s sight by replacing the clouded lens with a new, clear, artificial lens. After only one to two days of recovery time following the procedure, he will be able to see clearly again. $150 will fund the cost of the surgery, the hospital stay, and the necessary medicines to ensure that Ly’s eye heals quickly and without infection. Ly and his family look forward to his treatment and getting his vision back. “I hope my father in law can see everything clearly after treatment like normal again and be able to do work on his own,” his son-in-law shares. “I hope he can go places without needing help and that I won’t have to worry about him going blind any more.”
Meet Hou, a 62-year-old woman who plants rice and other crops in Cambodia. She has one son, six daughters, and seven grandchildren. She enjoys listening to social news on the radio and visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. "One year ago Hou developed a cataract in her left eye," our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. A cataract occurs when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy from a buildup of proteins. This cloudiness has accumulated over time and has slowly deteriorated Hou's vision. If left untreated, she could completely lose her ability to see. Due to her condition, Hou experiences blurred vision and tearing in her eye. Her daily farm work and household activities have become much more difficult. "It is hard to see clearly and recognize people's faces," Hou explains to us. "I can't do any work very well or go anywhere on my own." After hearing that her neighbor received treatment at CSC, Hou traveled three hours with her husband to the clinic for proper medical care. For $150, doctors at CSC will perform cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lens in Hou's left eye and replace it with a new, artificial lens. Within one day of her procedure, Hou will be able to see clearly again. "I hope after treatment my eye can see everything clear again so I can help my family take care of the grandchildren at home," Hou shares. "I want to be able to see letters clearly and easily go anywhere outside by myself."
Phuong is a 69-year-old man from Cambodia. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), shares, “Phuong is married with three sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. He enjoys listening to both the radio and the monks praying at the pagoda.” Two years ago, Phuong developed a mature cataract in his right eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. This condition can cause extreme discomfort, vision loss, and even functional blindness. "Everything I see is cloudy, and I can't recognize people's faces,” shares Phuong, “It is hard to walk places by myself or do my work well." After learning about CSC from a neighbor, Phuong and his wife traveled five hours to visit their clinic; they learned that, after a simple surgical procedure, Phuong may regain his sight. With $150, Phuong will undergo cataract surgery, during which his old lens will be removed and replaced with a sheer, artificial implant. This will allow Phuong to regain sight immediately after the operation. “I hope that after treatment I will be able to see everything clearer so I can help take care of my family and do more housework," Phuong shares. "I would like to take care of my yard and be able to easily travel to the pagoda on my own.”
"Two years ago, Ean developed a traumatic cataract when a battery exploded and hit his right eye," our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), shares. This painful and intense injury has caused 68-year-old Ean an array of uncomfortable symptoms like irritation, tearing, and burning sensations. Ean is from Cambodia, and has three sons, three daughters, and 10 grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys listening to the social news on the radio and doing small tasks around his home. Ean's vision has been seriously impaired since his incident. "It is hard to see everything clearly and I cannot do any work very well," he says. After hearing about his brother's successful surgery at CSC, Ean and his wife came in seeking treatment. For $150, doctors at CSC can perform a phaco procedure and intraocular lens implant which will remove the cataract in Ean’s eye. CSC expects that with this surgery, Ean’s vision will be corrected. “I hope after treatment, my eye can see everything clearly again so I can do my work on the farm,” says Ean. His wife adds, “I hope I won't have to worry about his eye losing more vision."
Meet Rin, a 51-year-old rice and crop farmer living in Cambodia. She and her husband have four sons, one daughter, and one grandchild. “In her spare time she enjoys going to the pagoda to listen to the monks pray…she also likes listening to the radio,” says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “One year ago, Rin developed a cataract in her left eye after an injury with wood,” explains CSC. A cataract is the clouding of one’s normally clear eye lens. Rin’s impaired vision has made it difficult for her to farm and earn her usual income. “It is hard to do my work very well or go anywhere outside that far,” says Rin. For $150, Rin can undergo a phacoemulsification surgery and receive an intraocular lens (IOL) implant. During surgery, the cataract is broken into small pieces and then extracted. An IOL is then used to replace the eye’s natural lens. CSC expects that after the surgery, Rin’s eye will be healed. “I hope I can see everything clearly again after treatment so I can do my work at the farm,” says Rin.
Meet Yoy, a 67-year-old woman from Cambodia. Yoy is married with two sons, two daughters, and 12 grandchildren. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), shares, “Yoy spends her free time watching Khmer dramas on TV and taking care of her grandchildren at home. She works as a rice and crop farmer.” “One year ago, Yoy developed a cataract in her left eye,” CSC tells us. “This causes her blurred vision, tearing, and irritation.” Yoy describes her condition: "Everything I see is cloudy and I can't see anything clearly. It is hard to do work very well or go anywhere outside very far.” Cataracts occur as proteins develop in the lens of the eye, causing cloudiness. Without treatment, the cloudiness increases over time and results in slowly deteriorating vision. They can ultimately result in total blindness. This condition is especially common in regions near the equator due to high UV exposure. For $150, we can fund surgery to remove the cataract in Yoy’s left eye. With this operation, doctors will make a small incision to surgically remove the clouded lens and replace it with a new, artificial substitute. Yoy and her family are eager for her to regain both her sight and independence. Yoy says, “I hope my eye can see everything clearly now so I can work in the farm, cook food, and go far distances.”
28-year-old Chandy is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He spends his free time watching soccer on television. “Seven days ago, Chandy was injured by wood hitting his left eye," says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). "This caused a traumatic cataract. He has blurred vision, pain, and irritation." "I can't do work at the farm field or go anywhere outside," Chandy shares. Cataracts occur as proteins develop in the lens of the eye, causing cloudiness. Without treatment, the cloudiness increases over time and results in slowly deteriorating vision. They can ultimately result in total blindness. For $150, we can fund surgery to cure Chandy’s cataract by replacing the lens in his eye. The doctor will make a small incision to surgically remove the clouded lens and replace it with a new, artificial lens. “I hope my eye can see everything clearly again and I can to continue to do my work at farm, and I don’t have to worry about going blind anymore,” Chandy adds.