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Success! U Kyaw from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund a lens replacement eye surgery so he can see again.

U Kyaw
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Fully funded
U Kyaw's treatment was fully funded on May 16, 2022.

Photo of U Kyaw post-operation

May 26, 2022

U Kyaw underwent a lens replacement eye surgery so he can see again.

Before surgery, the vision in U Kyaw’s eyes was blurred. He needed someone to guide him and walked beside him because of his poor vision and he always had to walk slowly. He felt sad that he could not see anyone’s face and that he could not take care of his granddaughter. He also felt sad for his daughter since she had to take time off to bring him to his appointments. Since his vision first blurred, he had been worrying about the cost of his treatment. But now after his surgery, U Kyaw’s vision is improved and he can see clearly. Now, he doesn’t need anyone to guide him and he can walk by himself.

U Kyaw said “once I am fully recovered from the surgery, I will read books on Buddhism and pray. I am very thankful to all donors and to BCMF for helping me with treatment cost. I am praying for all donors to have good health.”

Before surgery, the vision in U Kyaw’s eyes was blurred. He needed someone to guide him and walked beside him because of his poor vision and...

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February 14, 2022

U Kyaw and his family left Burma in 2007 seeking better job opportunities in Thailand. U Kyaw now lives with his wife, daughter and granddaughter in a village in Phop Phra District. U Kyaw and his wife are retired. He looks after their four-year-old granddaughter while his daughter works as a gardener in the village. In his free time, U Kyaw likes to pray and read books about Buddhism. He also enjoys watching movies and loves to spend time with his granddaughter.

In late November 2021, U Kyaw noticed a small white spot on his left pupil. Over time, the spot grew bigger and his vision became more blurred. He decided to have his eyes checked at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC).

In January, U Kyaw and his daughter arrived at MTC, where he was diagnosed with cataracts on both eyes. He was told that he would need cataract surgery at nearby Mae Sot Hospital (MSH). There, the doctor confirmed the diagnosis and found that the cataract in his left eye is more severe and needs to be treated first.

Without treatment, U Kyaw’s vision is severely impacted. His left eye only sees light and dark, while vision in his right eye is very blurred. He requires a guide to walk, and he cannot see faces and is having trouble taking care of his granddaughter. He has also been worried about the impact on his daughter as she has to take time off to bring him to his appointments. In addition, he has been worrying about the cost of his treatment for his family.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for U Kyaw. On February 15th, doctors will perform the surgery, during which they will remove U Kyaw’s natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly.

U Kyaw said, “I feel so happy since I learned that an organisation will support the cost of my surgery. I feel very happy and I want to say thank you to all the donors and supporters.”

U Kyaw and his family left Burma in 2007 seeking better job opportunities in Thailand. U Kyaw now lives with his wife, daughter and granddau...

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U Kyaw's Timeline

  • February 14, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    U Kyaw was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • February 15, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    U Kyaw received treatment at Mae Sot General Hospital in Thailand. 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 18, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    U Kyaw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 16, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    U Kyaw's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 26, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    U Kyaw's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,505 for U Kyaw's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,005 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,597
Medical Staff
$501
Medication
$186
Supplies
$1,020
Labs
$30
Other
$171
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients may experience blurred or dim vision, shadows or blind spots in the field of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, and double vision.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Reduced vision can result in social isolation, depression, increased risk of falling and accidents, and ultimately a greater tendency to be disabled. Without surgery, the patient will have no choice but to live with end-stage ocular disease, often resulting in blindness or pain.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

The healthcare system in Burma does not permit the average citizen to receive proper eye examinations. This lack of attention to ocular health is due to a variety of reasons. However, a low optometrist-to-population ratio and insufficient funds are the leading causes.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will only be performed if the pressure in the eye is stable. The time it takes to stabilize the pressure in the eye depends on the severity of damage to the eye.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The patient will regain his or her vision, though it may not be perfectly clear. Fortunately, the surgery prevents a complete loss of vision.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, infection, scarring, persistent swelling, wound separation, and the need to undergo additional surgery.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Burma has 309 ophthalmologists and 150 eye nurses. Fewer than half of the ophthalmologists perform surgery, and almost two-thirds confine their practice to the cities of Yangon (with a population of about six million) and Mandalay (about three million), where many people have the financial capacity to meet high out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Aside from these main facilities, there is roughly one ophthalmologist for every 500,000 people, and eye health screening and treatment for children and adults is neither comprehensive nor consistent.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If left untreated, the patient will eventually lose his or her vision completely.

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