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Success! Ret from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Ret
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ret's treatment was fully funded on January 17, 2021.

Photo of Ret post-operation

September 24, 2020

Ret underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Ret’s surgery went well. She can see clearly now and recognize things around her. She is now home and will return to the hospital for a follow-up appointment soon to ensure she fully heals.

Ret told us, “I feel great now that I can see everything clearly. I will go plant rice, do housework, cook food, and travel independently.”

Her son shared, “For a long time I worried about my mom’s eye. Today, I am happy to see my mom feeling and looking great. She can enjoy her movements of daily life much more now.”

Ret's surgery went well. She can see clearly now and recognize things around her. She is now home and will return to the hospital for a foll...

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August 3, 2020

Ret is a 55-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons and two grandchildren. Her husband is also a farmer, and their youngest son lives with them. Ret enjoys cooking for her family and watching Khmer drama in her free time.

Five years ago, Ret developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. Her symptoms have worsened in the last year.. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Ret learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours by taxi seeking treatment. On August 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Ret shared, “I hope after surgery I can see my family easily and help them with housework. I also want to farm again and travel by myself.”

Ret is a 55-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons and two grandchildren. Her husband is also a farmer, and their youngest s...

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Ret's Timeline

  • August 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ret was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • August 3, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ret 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 4, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ret's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 24, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ret's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ret's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Ret's treatment
Hospital Fees
$48
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • 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.