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Success! Long from Cambodia raised $292 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

  • $292 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Long's treatment was fully funded on September 30, 2016.

Photo of Long post-operation

November 9, 2016

Long can see clearly again.

Doctors at our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), removed the cataract from Long’s left eye. Clear vision has been restored. As he recovers, Long will use eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection.

Long returned home after surgery, and he has not returned for the same treatment in his right eye. Returning to the clinic can be difficult for patients, as it requires them to take time off work and travel with a family escort. Now that vision has been restored to one eye, however, the second surgery is less urgent than the first. Treatment will be free whenever Long returns.

“I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again, so that I can do any work at home and go anywhere outside,” says Long. “I can also go to the pagoda on my own without needing to disturb another person to take me.”

Long’s son, who accompanied him to surgery, adds, “I am very happy that my father can do any work easily and go anywhere outside without making me worry about his vision loss anymore. I am thankful to all staff at CSC that helped on his eye surgery.”

Doctors at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), removed the cataract from Long's left eye. Clear vision has been restored....

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August 19, 2016

Long is a 76 year old man from Cambodia, married with 2 sons, 2 daughters, and 12 grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. Long traveled one hour with his son to reach Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment.

Long developed a cataract in each eye one year ago. This causes him blurred vision, tearing, and its hard for him to see clearly. A simple cataract surgery can restore Long’s vision and allow him to see clearly again. The cost of the procedure is $292.

After a brief surgery, Long will return home and be able to care for his family with clear vision.

Long is a 76 year old man from Cambodia, married with 2 sons, 2 daughters, and 12 grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to ...

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Long's Timeline

  • August 19, 2016

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

  • August 19, 2016

    Long 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.

  • September 9, 2016

    Long's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 30, 2016

    Long's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 9, 2016

    Long's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Long's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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