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Success! Loeun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Loeun
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Loeun's treatment was fully funded on March 18, 2021.

Photo of Loeun post-operation

April 5, 2021

Loeun underwent a sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Loeun had successful cataract surgery to improve the vision in his left eye. After a postoperative course of eye drops to aid his healing, Loeun will take it easy for a few days. After that, he will be able to return to his usual activities and daily living. Loeun’s was hopeful that his improved sight will help him when teaching his students.

Loeun shared, “I am so happy to be able to go outside by myself, I can read, and take care of myself better. Thank you to the donors who helped support me.”

Loeun had successful cataract surgery to improve the vision in his left eye. After a postoperative course of eye drops to aid his healing, L...

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March 4, 2021

Loeun is a 76-year-old monk and a chief of a small pagoda in a rural area in Cambodia. Loeun has a son, two daughters, and five grandchildren, all of his children are farmers. When Loeun has free time, he shared how much he enjoys teaching his students.

Two years ago, Loeun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him trouble seeing at night or in bright daylight, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Loeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours with his son seeking treatment. On March 4th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, Loeun will be able to see clearly and return to his daily life activities. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Loeun shared, “I hope after surgery I can see clearly, can read well, I can continue to manage my pagoda well.”

Loeun is a 76-year-old monk and a chief of a small pagoda in a rural area in Cambodia. Loeun has a son, two daughters, and five grandchildre...

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Loeun's Timeline

  • March 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Loeun was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 4, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Loeun 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.

  • March 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Loeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 18, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Loeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 5, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Loeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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