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Eang from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Eang
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
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$0
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Fully funded
Eang's treatment was fully funded on May 2, 2016.
July 27, 2016

Eang received vision-restoring surgery.

Eang had the cataract in his left eye removed in a short surgery, during which his clouded lens was taken out and replaced with a sheer synthetic implant. The procedure went very well, and he can already see clearly out of his left eye.

Though he was scheduled to have cataracts removed from both eyes, he has yet to return for the second procedure.

It can often take patients some time to return for follow-up care due to a number of reasons. Patients frequently live far away or have important family matters arise that keep them from coming back to the clinic. When Eang returns, his second surgery to remove the cataract in his right eye will be free.

Eang had the cataract in his left eye removed in a short surgery, during which his clouded lens was taken out and replaced with a sheer synt...

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April 25, 2016

Meet Eang, a 77-year-old grandfather from Cambodia with six sons, one daughter, and ten grandchildren. Eang enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray, our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us.

“One year ago Eang developed a cataract in each eye. This causes him blurred vision, tearing, irritation, and he is afraid of sunshine. He can’t see everything clearly, recognize faces, do work by himself, or go outside on his own,” CSC continues.

Cataracts occur when the lens inside the eye becomes cloudy, which causes decreased vision and functional blindness. In Cambodia, 90% of blindness could be avoided through proper treatment. As with 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 such as cost, shortage of human resources, poor infrastructure, and limited awareness about access to available services remain.

With our help of $225, Eang will undergo a cataract surgery that will remove the cloudy lenses from both of his eyes and replace them with artificial lenses. Funding for his surgery also includes post-operative care and after the surgery he will be able to see clearly again.

In Eang’s own words, “I hope my eyes can see everything clearly now so I can easily go to the pagoda, go anywhere outside, and do any work.”

Meet Eang, a 77-year-old grandfather from Cambodia with six sons, one daughter, and ten grandchildren. Eang enjoys visiting the pagoda to li...

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Eang's Timeline

  • April 25, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Eang was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 25, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Eang 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.

  • May 02, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Eang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 02, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Eang's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 27, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Eang. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • 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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.