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Success! Pun from Cambodia raised $225 so she can see clearly again.

  • $225 raised, $0 to go
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Pun's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2015.

Photo of Pun post-operation

January 14, 2016

Pun received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

“Pun’s cataracts were successfully removed. She can see everything clearly again,” reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre. “Pun has been instructed to apply eye drops daily to protect herself from infection.”

“I am very happy that my eyes can see everything clearly again,” Pun shares. Pun looks forward to doing housework, going to the pagoda, and traveling easily by herself now that she doesn’t have to worry about limited vision.

Her granddaughter, who accompanied her to the clinic, adds: “I’m not worried that my grandmother’s eyes will have any more problems, and I’m very thankful to the doctor and all staff at CSC that helped with surgery.”

"Pun's cataracts were successfully removed. She can see everything clearly again," reports our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. ...

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December 9, 2015

“One year ago Pun developed a cataract in each eye. This causes her blurred vision, tearing, irritation, and she is afraid of sunshine. It is hard for her to recognize faces, do work well, or go anywhere outside by herself,” explains Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), our medical partner.

Pun is a 73-year-old woman from Cambodia with two daughters and 10 grandchildren. “She enjoys visiting the pagoda to hear the monks pray and doing work around her home,” shares CSC.

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, and are especially common in regions near the equator due to high UV exposure.

$225 covers the cost of a treatment to repair her cataracts. In each of her eyes, doctors will make a small incision to surgically remove the clouded lens and replace it with a new, artificial lens.

In Pun’s own words, “I hope my eye can see everything more clearly than now so I can easily go the pagoda, or anywhere else by myself, and I can easily do work by myself as well.”

“One year ago Pun developed a cataract in each eye. This causes her blurred vision, tearing, irritation, and she is afraid of sunshine. It i...

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Pun's Timeline

  • December 9, 2015

    Pun was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 9, 2015

    Pun 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.

  • December 22, 2015

    Pun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 24, 2015

    Pun's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 14, 2016

    Pun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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