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Success! Tho from Cambodia raised $150 to treat his cataract.

  • $150 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Tho's treatment was fully funded on February 4, 2016.

Photo of Tho post-operation

February 23, 2016

Tho received surgery to restore his vision.

“Tho’s cataract was successfully removed,” reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “He has been instructed to apply eye drops daily to protect himself from infection.”

With clear vision, Tho is looking forward to reading letters and easily walking by himself.

"Tho's cataract was successfully removed," reports our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). "He has been instructed to apply e...

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January 17, 2016

“One year ago, Tho developed a cataract in his right eye,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. They add that this condition causes the 78-year-old from Cambodia to have “blurred vision, burning, tearing, and irritation. He can’t see clearly, read, or go outside.”

A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes clouded with age, or as a result of environmental factors, like exposure to sunlight.

Tho is a monk and enjoys reading Buddhist texts, meditating, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and six grandchildren.

Tho is not able to be as independent as he would like because of his impaired vision. One of his students traveled three hours with him to CSC so that Tho could receive treatment.

For $150, Tho will have the clouded lens of the cataract removed from his eye and have a clear, artificial, lens surgically implanted. This operation will eliminate the burning, tearing, and discomfort and also restore his vision.

"One year ago, Tho developed a cataract in his right eye," our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. They add that th...

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Tho's Timeline

  • January 17, 2016

    Tho was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • January 18, 2016

    Tho 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.

  • February 3, 2016

    Tho's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 4, 2016

    Tho's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 23, 2016

    Tho's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.