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Success! Mey from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a sight-restoring eye surgery.

Mey
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mey's treatment was fully funded on April 5, 2021.

Photo of Mey post-operation

March 29, 2021

Mey underwent a sight-restoring eye surgery.

Mey’s cataract surgery was smooth and successful! Overall, his visual acuity has improved so he can see clearly again, and he and his family have now returned to their village. Mey was provided with prescription eye drops to make sure his eye heals properly. His daughter is very happy with her father’s surgery and that he is able to see everything much more clearly than before.

Mey shared, “I’m happy that I can do things without difficulty and I don’t have to worry about my vision loss anymore.”

Mey's cataract surgery was smooth and successful! Overall, his visual acuity has improved so he can see clearly again, and he and his family...

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February 3, 2021

Mey is a 57-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons and three daughters. Currently, he lives with his wife, one of his sons, and his elderly mother. Mey’s wife works alongside him as a farmer. After harvest season ends, he and his wife plant vegetables around the house to sell for extra income. In his free time, Mey like to watch Khmer boxing and news on the TV. He is generally in good health, and is only bothered and his life impacted by his vision.

This is because one year ago, Mey developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia, poor night vision, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Mey learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On February 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Mey shared, “I hope I can see well again, so I can return to the rice field. I want to be able to return to my normal daily activities like before.”

Mey is a 57-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons and three daughters. Currently, he lives with his wife, one of his sons, and...

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Mey's Timeline

  • February 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 3, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mey 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.

  • February 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mey's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mey's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mey's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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