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Success! Met from Cambodia raised $229 to fund eye surgery so she can see clearly.

Met
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Met's treatment was fully funded on April 12, 2021.

Photo of Met post-operation

March 29, 2021

Met underwent cataract eye surgery so she can see clearly.

Met had a successful cataract surgery, and she is so pleased with her improved eyesight! Now, she will need to apply eye drops eight times a day for a few weeks and doctors plan to see her for follow-up again in a few weeks. Met is looking forward to renewed independence and ability to go outside, and visit her favorite pagoda.

Met shared, “Thank you to those who have helped me see better. My life is improved, and now I can enjoy my grandchildren.”

Met had a successful cataract surgery, and she is so pleased with her improved eyesight! Now, she will need to apply eye drops eight times a...

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January 21, 2021

Met is 62-years-old and lives on a farm with her sister and mother. She no longer harvests due to her age, so she stays home to take care of the young children who are not yet in school. She likes to listen to the monks who chant and preach on the radio.

Six months ago, Met developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her difficulty with vision at night, sensitivity to light and blurred vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Met learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her sister seeking treatment. On January 21st, 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.

“I hope after surgery I can see well and see my family. I will be able do things outside on my own and help to support my family,” she told us.

Met is 62-years-old and lives on a farm with her sister and mother. She no longer harvests due to her age, so she stays home to take care of...

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Met's Timeline

  • January 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 21, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Met 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 21, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Met's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Met's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 12, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Met'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 Met'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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90% funded

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$1,354raised
$146to go

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