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Success! Thai from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

  • $225 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Thai's treatment was fully funded on April 6, 2016.

Photo of Thai post-operation

May 20, 2016

Thai underwent vision-restoring cataract surgery.

“Thai’s treatment went well, and he can see everything clearly now,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Prior to surgery, Thai could not do work around his house or watch TV due to pain, discomfort, and blurred vision. Now, he can see clearly and go places independently.

“I am very happy that my brother can see everything clear again,” shared his brother, who accompanied him to the clinic for care. “I am thankful to the doctor and all staff at CSC that helped with the surgery.”

"Thai's treatment went well, and he can see everything clearly now," shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Prior ...

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March 2, 2016

Thai, a 66-year-old man from Cambodia, developed a cataract in each eye about three years ago. He spends his time doing housework and watching boxing and news on TV. Due to his cataracts, he can no longer enjoy TV because of his blurred vision, tearing, irritation, and cloudy lenses.

Thai is unmarried, and his sister brought him to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for care.

$225 will cover the cost of an extracapsular cataract extraction and an intraocular implant in each eye. After the surgery, Thai will be able to see clearly again.

Thai says, “I hope my eye can see everything more clearly after the surgery. I want to help my sister do some work at home and go outside.”

Thai, a 66-year-old man from Cambodia, developed a cataract in each eye about three years ago. He spends his time doing housework and watchi...

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Thai's Timeline

  • March 2, 2016

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

  • March 2, 2016

    Thai 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.

  • March 21, 2016

    Thai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 6, 2016

    Thai's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 20, 2016

    Thai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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.