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Success! Ean from Cambodia raised $292 to fund eye surgery.

Ean
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ean's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Ean post-operation

March 23, 2017

Ean underwent successful cataract surgery.

Ean’s eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation.

Ean says, “I feel very happy that my eyes can see everything clearly again. I can continue my work in maintaining my rice fields and go anywhere by myself easily.”

Ean's eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given ey...

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February 27, 2017

Ean is a 70-year-old rice and crop farmer from Cambodia. She is married with four sons and eight grandchildren. She enjoys watching the news on TV and going to the pagoda on holidays to listen to monks pray.

About a year ago, Ean developed a cataract in each eye. This causes her blurred vision, irritation, burning, cloudy lenses, and photophobia (extreme sensitivity to light). It is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, do any type of work, or go anywhere on her own.

On February 28, doctors at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform cataract surgery in both her eyes. After the surgery, Ean will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $292 to fund the surgery.

Ean is a 70-year-old rice and crop farmer from Cambodia. She is married with four sons and eight grandchildren. She enjoys watching the news...

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Ean's Timeline

  • February 27, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ean was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 28, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ean 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.

  • March 1, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ean's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 23, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ean's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ean's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Ean's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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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