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Success! Touch from Cambodia raised $229 to fund life-changing cataract surgery.

Touch
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Touch's treatment was fully funded on June 23, 2021.

Photo of Touch post-operation

April 8, 2021

Touch underwent life-changing cataract surgery.

Touch had a successful cataract surgery and can already see much better. Now that the blurry vision, headaches, and photophobia have disappeared, Touch is able to walk by herself, help with the cooking and take care of herself once again.

Her daughter shared, “I am happy my mother can see better. She can do things by herself now. Thank you to all of the strangers who helped my mother have this surgery she needed.”

Touch had a successful cataract surgery and can already see much better. Now that the blurry vision, headaches, and photophobia have disappe...

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March 11, 2021

Touch is an 53-year-old nurse with one son and three daughters. Touch used to work as a volunteer nurse in a health center but retired after her husband passed away. She enjoys listening to the news and the monks praying on the radio.

Five years ago, Touch developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, and itchiness. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

Surgeons at Children’s Surgical Centre will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and implant an intraocular lens in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly and perform daily activities again.

Touch said, “I hope after surgery I can see better so I can help my daughter cook, do housework, and take care of myself well.”

Touch is an 53-year-old nurse with one son and three daughters. Touch used to work as a volunteer nurse in a health center but retired after...

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Touch's Timeline

  • March 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 11, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Touch 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.

  • March 12, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Touch's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Touch's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Touch's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.