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Success! Yen from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery to improve her vision and allow her to recognize people well again.

Yen
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Yen's treatment was fully funded on November 29, 2022.

Photo of Yen post-operation

December 13, 2022

Yen underwent cataract surgery to improve her vision to allow her to recognize people again.

Yen has had a happy life with her family. But her vision deteriorated and there were many activities she could no longer do. She and her daughter took advice from her aunt and traveled to Children’s Surgical Centre for surgery.

After her vision stabilizes, she can go outside in bright or dim light without fear of injuring herself. This surgery will improve her life, help Yen feel more useful to her family and be independent.

Yen’s daughter said: “We’re happy my mother will have better eyesight, it was hard for her to stay in the house all day and not be able to do anything. Now she can be more independent, take care of herself and work on the farm, which helps to feed our family. Thank you for your help for my mother to see better and have a better life.”

Yen has had a happy life with her family. But her vision deteriorated and there were many activities she could no longer do. She and her dau...

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July 25, 2022

Yen is a loving grandmother from Cambodia who works as a rice farmer. She has two sons, three daughters, and three beautiful grandchildren. She lives with her husband, who works as a farmer, and her youngest daughter, who currently attends school. Some of Yen’s favorite ways to spend her time are watching movies, watching the news on the TV, and playing with her grandchildren!

One year ago, Yen developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience light sensitivity, eye tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own.

When Yen learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 25th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Yen says, “I hope after surgery my vision can improve so I can return to planting rice and recognizing people well.”

Yen is a loving grandmother from Cambodia who works as a rice farmer. She has two sons, three daughters, and three beautiful grandchildren. ...

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Yen's Timeline

  • July 25, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yen was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • July 25, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yen 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.

  • July 25, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yen's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 13, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yen'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 $253 for Yen's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.