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Success! Ly from Cambodia raised $292 for surgery to restore his vision.

Ly
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$292
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Fully funded
Ly's treatment was fully funded on October 15, 2016.

Photo of Ly post-operation

October 31, 2016

Ly successfully recevied surgery to restore his vision.

Ly’s eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, Ly was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection. He went home after the first surgery and has yet to return to have the same operation completed in the other eye. Because returning to the clinic requires taking a day off from work and usually a family escort, he may have had trouble finding a day to come back. Also, because he left with clear vision in one eye, his problems with blurred vision are less of a burden making the second surgery a less immediate priority than the first. The second surgery will be free whenever Ly returns.

“I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again,” says Ly, “so that I can do any work at home like clean and look after my grandchildren.”

Ly's eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, Ly was given eye ...

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August 9, 2016

Ly is a 76-year-old married man from Cambodia who has one son, three daughters, and eight grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. Ly traveled three hours with his wife to reach Children’s Surgical Centre for treatment of cataracts.

A cataract occurs when there is a buildup of proteins in the lens of the eye. This causes the lens to become cloudy, disrupting the passage of light through the lens and impairing vision. Most cataracts are due to age-related changes in the eye, and they are the most common cause of blindness in Cambodia. Formation typically occurs in both eyes.

Ly developed a cataract in each eye 10 years ago. As a result, he experiences burning and blurred vision. He cannot see anything clearly, do work well, or go anywhere outside on his own.

For $292, Ly will undergo extracapsular cataract extraction surgery to remove the cloudy lenses from his eyes and replace them with intraocular lens implants. Funding for his treatment also includes two days of hospital care, eye drops and ointments, medicine to reduce pain and prevent infection, and one post-operative consultation. After surgery on each eye, Ly will be able to see clearly again.

Ly is a 76-year-old married man from Cambodia who has one son, three daughters, and eight grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the pagoda to li...

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Ly's Timeline

  • August 9, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 9, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ly 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.

  • September 9, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 15, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ly's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 31, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Ly's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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.