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Oeun from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

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

Photo of Oeun post-operation

July 6, 2016

Oeun underwent vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Oeun had one of her cataracts removed in a short procedure, during which her clouded lens was removed and replaced with a clear, synthetic implant. The surgery went very well, and already her vision is much clearer. Though she was scheduled to have both cataracts removed, she has yet to return to receive her second surgery.

For any number of reasons, it can take patients some time to return for follow-up care. Patients often live far away or have important family matters that keep them from coming back to the clinic. Whenever Oeun can return, her second surgery to remove the other cataract will be free.

Oeun had one of her cataracts removed in a short procedure, during which her clouded lens was removed and replaced with a clear, synthetic i...

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April 25, 2016

Meet Oeun, a 68-year old grandmother from Cambodia with five sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren. According to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to the monks pray.

“Two years ago Oeun developed a cataract in both eyes. This causes her blurred vision, tearing, irritation, and she is afraid of sunshine. She can’t see everything clearly, recognize faces easily, do work well, or go anywhere outside on her own,” explains CSC.

For $225, Oeun will undergo a cataract surgery that will remove the cloudy lenses from both of her eyes and replace them with artificial lenses. The funding also includes post-operative care, and after the surgery Oeun will be able to see clearly again.

Meet Oeun, a 68-year old grandmother from Cambodia with five sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren. According to our medical partner, C...

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Oeun's Timeline

  • April 25, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 25, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Oeun was scheduled to receive treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 02, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Oeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 02, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Oeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 06, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

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

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 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.