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Success! Roeun from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract removal surgery.

Roeun
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Roeun's treatment was fully funded on June 5, 2017.

Photo of Roeun post-operation

March 23, 2017

Roeun underwent successful cataract surgery.

Roeun’s cataract surgery on both eyes went well. After the procedure in each eye, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. Roeun’s vision has improved.

Roeun says, “I feel very happy that I can see clearly. I can do housework. I can also go to the pagoda or anywhere else outside.”

Roeun's cataract surgery on both eyes went well. After the procedure in each eye, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent...

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February 23, 2017

Roeun is an 82-year-old married woman who has three sons, three daughters, and twelve grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to go to the pagoda and listen to monks praying on the radio.

Three years ago, Roeun developed blurred vision and itchiness in both eyes, making it difficult for her to see things clearly or work. She and her daughter visited our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre.

Her doctors recommended that she undergo a surgical intervention to alleviate her symptoms. They proposed a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye, which will replace her internal lenses with artificial lenses and restore her vision to full clarity. In total, the procedure, supplies, drugs, and three days of inpatient care will cost $292. Roeun’s procedure is scheduled for February 24.

Roeun is an 82-year-old married woman who has three sons, three daughters, and twelve grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to go to th...

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Roeun's Timeline

  • February 23, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Roeun was submitted by Korng Hout, Accountant at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 24, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Roeun 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.

  • February 27, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Roeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 23, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Roeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 5, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Roeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Roeun'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.