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

Norm
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Norm's treatment was fully funded on June 1, 2016.

Photo of Norm post-operation

July 27, 2016

Norm received vision-restoring surgery.

Norm had one cataract removed in a short surgery, during which her clouded lens was taken out and replaced with a sheer, artificial implant. The procedure went well and her vision is already clearer than it was before.

Though she was scheduled to have cataracts removed from both eyes, Norm has yet to return for the follow-up procedure.

It can often take patients some time to return for follow-up care due to a number of reasons. Patients frequently live far away or have important family matters arise that keep them from coming back to the clinic. When Norm can return to the clinic, her second surgery will be free.

Norm had one cataract removed in a short surgery, during which her clouded lens was taken out and replaced with a sheer, artificial implant....

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May 10, 2016

Meet Norm, a 65-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Norm is married with two sons, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. She enjoys taking care of flowers and joining ceremonies at the pagoda,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Four years ago, Norm developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. “This causes her blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for her to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside,” CSC explains.

After learning about CSC, Norm and her son travelled three hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Norm’s sight.

With $225, Norm will undergo cataract surgery, during which her old lenses will be removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants, allowing her to see again immediately after her operation.

Meet Norm, a 65-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Norm is married with two sons, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. She enjoys taking car...

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Norm's Timeline

  • May 10, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Norm was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • May 10, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Norm was scheduled to receive 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.

  • May 26, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Norm's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 1, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Norm's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 27, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Norm'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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