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Success! Vibol from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract treatment so he can see clearly.

Vibol
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$229
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Vibol's treatment was fully funded on March 3, 2022.

Photo of Vibol post-operation

March 18, 2022

Vibol underwent cataract treatment so he can see clearly.

Vibol had a smooth and successful eye operation. The surgery has improved his vision, and he can now see the faces of his children and grandchildren. Doctors gave Vibol eye drops, which he has to apply each day as he heals. He looks forward to selling mangoes again at the local market to support his family, and to his newfound independence.

Vibol said, “I am so happy my neighbors told me about Children’s Surgical Centre to have my eye fixed. I will be able to help my children on the farm again to support my family. Thank you!”

Vibol had a smooth and successful eye operation. The surgery has improved his vision, and he can now see the faces of his children and grand...

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January 6, 2022

Vibol is a 56-year-old rice farmer with two married sons and four grandchildren. He lives with his wife who works the farm with him and grows mangoes to sell at a local market. He likes to watch boxing on TV after a long day outside.

Six months ago, Vibol developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He is frustrated because he doesn’t see well enough to harvest his crops.

When Vibol learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 6th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly again and keep working on his farm. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Vibol shared that he hopes after surgery he can start seeing well again so he can plant rice and help his wife more at home.

Vibol is a 56-year-old rice farmer with two married sons and four grandchildren. He lives with his wife who works the farm with him and grow...

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Vibol's Timeline

  • January 6, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 6, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vibol 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.

  • January 7, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vibol's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 3, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vibol's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vibol's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Vibol'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.

Ann

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