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Success! Htun from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

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Htun's treatment was fully funded on March 15, 2021.

Photo of Htun post-operation

July 20, 2021

Htun underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Before his surgery, Htun was only able to perceive light with his eyes and could not see clearly, so he needed someone to guide him when he walked and someone to help feed him. After his surgery, Htun can see people’s faces clearly again and is more independent, as he does not need someone to guide him when he walks and he can eat by himself again. Currently, Htun needs to wear sunglasses when he goes outside because his left eye is sensitive and still waters when exposed to bright lights.

Htun shared how much the procedure meant to him, “We cannot afford to pay for my surgery’s cost. Now my family feels less stressed because I will be able to earn an income after my eye recovers. I would like to say thank you so much. Covering the cost of my surgery is a big deal for us, and it has an impact on my whole life and my family’s too. Before my surgery, my wife was not able to find enough work to earn enough money to purchase sufficient food.”

Before his surgery, Htun was only able to perceive light with his eyes and could not see clearly, so he needed someone to guide him when he ...

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February 26, 2021

Htun is a 50-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife, son, and two daughters in Thailand. Htun and his wife work as agricultural day laborers, but Htun had to stop working after he injured his eye.

Currently, Htun can only perceive light with both of his eyes, but he cannot clearly see objects. Although he is not in pain, he needs someone to assist him when he walks or eats. He also cannot work nor do any household chores as a result of losing his vision.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Htun. On March 2nd, doctors will perform the lens replacement surgery, and they will remove Htun’s natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After his surgery, Htun will be able to see clearly and get back to all that he needs to do in the day.

Htun said, “I am sad and depressed that I cannot see nor do anything. I feel sorry that my wife has had to accompany me everywhere and do every little thing for me such as helping me eat and go to the bathroom. I want to regain my vision quickly and I want to go back to work.”

Htun is a 50-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife, son, and two daughters in Thailand. Htun and his wife work as agricultural ...

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Htun's Timeline

  • February 26, 2021

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

  • March 1, 2021

    Htun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 2, 2021

    Htun received treatment at Mae Sot General Hospital in Thailand. 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.

  • March 15, 2021

    Htun's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 20, 2021

    Htun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,505 for Htun's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,005 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
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?

Burma has 309 ophthalmologists and 150 eye nurses. Fewer than half of the ophthalmologists perform surgery, and almost two-thirds confine their practice to the 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 main 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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