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Success! Lay from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Lay
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lay's treatment was fully funded on December 25, 2020.

Photo of Lay post-operation

September 17, 2020

Lay received cataract eye surgery.

Lay’s surgery was a success! She has returned home with eye drop medication and a follow-up appointment has been scheduled to check on her progress. She is seeing everything more clearly and no longer experiences any photophobia. Her independence has been increased and she is enjoying doing her activities at home.

Lay said, “I am so happy that I can see where everything is, and do housework by myself. I am glad to walk anywhere I like outside now.”

Lay's surgery was a success! She has returned home with eye drop medication and a follow-up appointment has been scheduled to check on her p...

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July 13, 2020

Lay is an 80-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, four daughters, and twenty nine grandchildren. She and her husband live next to her youngest daughter and her family. Lay spends most of her time helping care for her grandchildren and cooking large meals for her extended family. In her free time she likes to listen to music or news on the radio.

Ten years ago, Lay developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing and photophobia. Her symptoms have worsened in the past three months. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Lay learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. On July 13th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Lay shared, “I can’t work anymore, but I still want to be independent and help take care of my family. I hope this surgery helps me see well enough to do the house work.”

Lay is an 80-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, four daughters, and twenty nine grandchildren. She and her husb...

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Lay's Timeline

  • July 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 13, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lay 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 14, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 17, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lay's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 25, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lay's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Lay'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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.