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Srey from Cambodia raised $225 for cataract surgery to restore her vision.

Srey
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Srey's treatment was fully funded on May 2, 2016.

Photo of Srey post-operation

June 21, 2016

Srey received successful cataract surgery on one eye.

Srey’s left eye cataract surgery went well. She has yet to return for surgery on the right side - however, when she returns it will be free. Patients will sometimes choose to wait longer than recommended for their second eye surgery, as is the case for Srey.

After Srey’s first surgery, she shared: “Now I can help my family feed some animals at home and I can go to anywhere outside very well with no need to disturb another person.”

Srey's left eye cataract surgery went well. She has yet to return for surgery on the right side - however, when she returns it will be free....

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April 18, 2016

Meet Srey, a 55-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Srey developed a cataract in each eye five years ago,” Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), explains, “This causes her blurred vision, tearing, irritation, and she is afraid of sunshine. She can’t see everything clearly, do work well, or go outside alone.”

In her free time, Srey enjoys listening to the monks pray and visiting relatives around her village.

$225 will cover the cost of a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular implant in each eye to replace the clouded eye lens with a clear implant. “After the surgery, Srey will be able to see clearly again,” CSC shares.

“I hope my eyes can see everything more clearly than now,” Srey shares, “So I can help my sister feed our cows, pigs, and chickens at home and so I can easily go outside by myself.”

Meet Srey, a 55-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Srey developed a cataract in each eye five years ago,” Our medical partner, Children’s Surgic...

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Srey's Timeline

  • April 18, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Srey was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 18, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Srey was scheduled to receive treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • May 02, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Srey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 02, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Srey's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 21, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Srey's treatment was started but not completed. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.