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Success! Askaw from Burma raised $769 to fund eye surgery so she can see again to live her life well.

  • $769 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Askaw's treatment was fully funded on April 15, 2022.

Photo of Askaw post-operation

May 9, 2022

Askaw underwent eye surgery so she can see again to live her life well.

Askaw’s surgery was a success! Before undergoing treatment, Askaw’s vision had declined severely, and she couldn’t work or do activities she enjoyed. She missed being able to cook, clean, go to the store independently, and read. Since undergoing treatment, Askaw is happy to report that she can see clearly again. She can now read again and help care for her aging father. Askaw has also been able to help around the house again with the cleaning and cooking, although her husband encourages her to rest as much as possible while she continues to heal.

Askaw shared her gratitude to the donors who helped fund her surgery and our medical partner, BCMF. She shared with us, “I felt like I was living in the darkness before my surgery. I could not see and could not hear, as I am also deaf. I was very stressed about my condition, and sometimes I would cry alone. Now, after receiving surgery, I feel like I am not in the darkness anymore, even though I cannot hear, I can see now. Thank you very much to each individual donor who contributed toward my treatment cost.”

Askaw's surgery was a success! Before undergoing treatment, Askaw's vision had declined severely, and she couldn't work or do activities she...

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January 18, 2022

Askaw is a 47-year-old woman who lives with her father, husband, two sons and her daughter-in-law. Her husband is currently unemployed while her oldest son and her daughter-in-law are farmers. Her youngest son is a day labourer, finding work whenever he can. Askaw is a homemaker and looks after her father who is retired. In her free time, she loves to read, sing, and go to church every Sunday.

Toward the end of 2018, Askaw noticed that the vision in both her eyes was blurred. In early 2019, unable to afford seeking treatment at a hospital or a clinic, she purchased eyeglasses for herself at a shop. Although the eyeglasses helped her see better at first, a year later her vision worsened and she could no longer see even with the eyeglasses. She purchased a new pair of glasses, but her vision worsened again. Finally in December she was able to go to an ophthalmologist’s clinic with the help and financial support of her brother.

After the ophthalmologist examined her eyes, she was told to go to a hospital for further investigation because she likely needed surgery. Askaw’s brother knew of our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) which could help make her care possible even though it was out of reach financially for their family.

Currently, Askaw can see very little in her left eye and she can only perceive light with her right eye. She cannot read anymore, and finds it difficult to pay for items when shopping since she cannot see the money. When she cooks, she will often mix-up the ingredients. She shared that sometimes, when she is alone, she will cry and feels sad about her symptoms.

She said, “When I cook, I will mix-up the ingredients because I cannot see clearly. Now I am no longer able to cook and I have also stopped cleaning as it is so hard to clean with my poor vision.”

Askaw is a 47-year-old woman who lives with her father, husband, two sons and her daughter-in-law. Her husband is currently unemployed while...

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Askaw's Timeline

  • January 18, 2022

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

  • January 18, 2022

    Askaw received treatment at KBC Hospital in Burma. 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.

  • January 19, 2022

    Askaw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 15, 2022

    Askaw's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 9, 2022

    Askaw's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Lens replacement (one eye)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $769 for Askaw'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 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?

Fewer than half of the ophthalmologists perform surgery, and almost two-thirds confine their practice to the main 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 large 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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