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Success! Makara from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Makara
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Makara's treatment was fully funded on June 28, 2021.

Photo of Makara post-operation

June 24, 2021

Makara underwent cataract surgery and is eager to return to work.

Makara has received a successful cataract surgery and has returned to his province to recover. He will apply eye drops frequently to aid in healing, and he was relieved that his vision is already better. With his improved vision, Makara can return to work as a driver to support his wife and daughter.

His wife is glad: “I am relieved that he will be able to find work with improved eyesight; our family has struggled during the pandemic and lockdown, we will be happy to earn money again.”

Makara has received a successful cataract surgery and has returned to his province to recover. He will apply eye drops frequently to aid in ...

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May 12, 2021

Makara is a 36-year-old driver who is married and has one daughter. Makara’s wife works in a garment factory but it has been closed for two months due to the COVID lockdown. Makara is home right now too because of his poor vision. He enjoys Khmer boxing and spending time with his family.

Three years ago, Makara developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him impaired vision, photophobia, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Makara learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his brother seeking treatment. On May 12th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Makara said, “After surgery I hope I can drive again for my work and find other jobs to be there for my family.”

Makara is a 36-year-old driver who is married and has one daughter. Makara's wife works in a garment factory but it has been closed for two ...

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Makara's Timeline

  • May 12, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Makara 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.

  • May 14, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Makara's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 24, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Makara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Makara's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Makara'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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90% funded

90%funded
$1,354raised
$146to go

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