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Success! Visal from Cambodia raised $225 for cataract surgery to restore her vision.

  • $225 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Visal's treatment was fully funded on December 26, 2015.

Photo of Visal post-operation

January 13, 2016

Visal received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

After a brief, 40-minute procedure, Visal’s can see clearly again for the first time in over a year. “I feel very happy that I can see from my eye more clearly than before,” she shares. “I can continue my work at farm field and do any work without difficulty. I can travel around easily on my own.”

“I no longer worry about my mother losing her vision” tells Visal’s daughter, “I feel very happy that my mother can see everything clearly again. I am very thankful to the doctor and all of the staff at Children’s Surgical Centre that helped in the surgery for her eye.”

After a brief, 40-minute procedure, Visal's can see clearly again for the first time in over a year. "I feel very happy that I can see from ...

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December 7, 2015

“Visal is married with 3 sons, 6 daughters, and 10 grandchildren,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). She spends most of her time taking care of her grandchildren and doing house work.

One year ago, Visal developed a cataract in each eye. “This causes her blurred vision, tearing, irritation, and she is afraid of sunshine,” reports CSC. Cataracts occur when the lens inside of the eye becomes cloudy, most commonly as a result of age-related changes. Since Visal’s neice received surgery at CSC, Visal decided to travel five hours with her daughter to come to CSC.

For $225, a surgeon will replace the cloudy lenses in Visal’s eyes with intraocular lens (IOL) implants, which will restore vision to both of her eyes. Visal’s daughter hopes that Visal can see clearly again and can travel far with independence.

“I hope my eye can see everything clearly again,” says Visal, a 68-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia.

"Visal is married with 3 sons, 6 daughters, and 10 grandchildren," shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). She spends ...

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Visal's Timeline

  • December 7, 2015

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

  • December 7, 2015

    Visal 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.

  • December 24, 2015

    Visal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 26, 2015

    Visal's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 13, 2016

    Visal's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.