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Kry from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Kry
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
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$0
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Fully funded
Kry's treatment was fully funded on August 16, 2016.

Photo of Kry post-operation

October 11, 2016

Kry received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Kry’s left eye cataract was successfully removed and clear vision has been restored. Kry went home after the first surgery and has yet to come back to have the same operation in the other eye. Because coming to the clinic requires taking a day off from work and usually a family escort, Kry may have had trouble finding a day to come back. Also, because she left with clear vision in one eye, her problems with blurred vision are less of a burden making the second surgery a less immediate priority than the first. The second surgery will be free whenever she returns.

Kry shares, “I feel very happy that I can see everything clear again so that I can easily do work and go anywhere outside without disturbing another person to take care of me.”

Kry's left eye cataract was successfully removed and clear vision has been restored. Kry went home after the first surgery and has yet to co...

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July 7, 2016

“I hope I can see clearly again so I can take care of my grandchildren and visit the pagoda easily,” says Kry, a 66-year-old grandmother from Cambodia.

Kry developed a cataract in each eye two months ago, causing her blurred vision, tearing and sensitivity to light. “She can’t see clearly, do work well, or go outside alone,” says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Cataracts are a common cause of blindness in Cambodia and often go untreated. Kry traveled an hour with her daughter to reach CSC to receive care. She’s looking forward to being able to go to the local pagoda on her own and listen to the monks pray.

For just $150, Kry will receive a simple cataract surgery that will allow her regain her clear vision. Surgeons will remove the old, cloudy lenses in her eyes and replace them with new, clear implants.

"I hope I can see clearly again so I can take care of my grandchildren and visit the pagoda easily," says Kry, a 66-year-old grandmother fro...

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Kry's Timeline

  • July 7, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 7, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kry 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.

  • August 8, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kry's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 16, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kry's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 11, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Kry. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.