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Success! Ry from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract eye surgery.

Ry
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ry's treatment was fully funded on December 11, 2020.

Photo of Ry post-operation

June 19, 2020

Ry underwent sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Ry’s surgery was successful! His doctors removed the cataract in his left eye that was causing him blurry vision and making it difficult for him to walk. He can now see clearly and go anywhere outside. He will be able to see his one son and two daughters. Since Ry is permanently blind in his right eye he is very happy to have avoided that outcome in his left eye. He was discharged with eye drops and a followup appointment has been scheduled for him at our healthcare partner’s clinic. Once he is fully recovered, his quality of life will improve significantly

“I feel very happy that my surgery was successful and now I can see clearer than before. Now I can continue my job as a carpenter and go anywhere by myself. I am relieved that I don’t need to worry so much anymore that my left eye will become blind like my right eye,” shared Ry.

Ry's surgery was successful! His doctors removed the cataract in his left eye that was causing him blurry vision and making it difficult for...

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April 27, 2020

Ry is a 62-year-old carpenter from Cambodia. He has one son and two daughters. In his free time he watches the news on his phone.

Five months ago, Ry developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, pain, and hard to recognize something. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Ry learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On April 27th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Ry said, “I hope my eye pain and poor vision will improve so I can work as a carpenter again.”

Ry is a 62-year-old carpenter from Cambodia. He has one son and two daughters. In his free time he watches the news on his phone. Five mo...

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Ry's Timeline

  • April 27, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ry was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 27, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ry received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • April 28, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ry's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 19, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ry's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 11, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ry'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 Ry'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.