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Success! Yon from Cambodia raised $398 to fund cataract surgery.

Yon
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$398
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Yon's treatment was fully funded on January 20, 2019.

Photo of Yon post-operation

January 23, 2019

Yon underwent cataract surgery.

Yon has returned home after a successful operation. As per his doctor’s instructions, he had surgery in one eye, and will need to return in a few weeks to have surgery on the other eye. Yon’s vision has been restored, and he will be able to work and go about his daily life with improved vision. His doctor looks forward to seeing him again in a couple weeks.

She says, “I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again so I can do any work or go anywhere outside by myself.”

Yon has returned home after a successful operation. As per his doctor's instructions, he had surgery in one eye, and will need to return in ...

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January 8, 2019

Yon is a farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, three sons, and four grandchildren. She likes to listen to news on the radio.

A year ago, Yon developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, itchiness, pain, clouded lenses, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Yon learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On January 9, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure.

She says, “I hope my eye surgery is successful so I can return to work.”

Yon is a farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, three sons, and four grandchildren. She likes to listen to news on the radio. A year...

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Yon's Timeline

  • January 8, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yon was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 09, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yon received 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.

  • January 09, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 20, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yon's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 23, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Yon's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$230
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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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