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Success! Lon from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

Lon
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lon's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2020.

Photo of Lon post-operation

July 10, 2020

Lon underwent cataract surgery.

Lon’s surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drop medication and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled. She will no longer experience photophobia or irritation. Once she recovers, she will have improved vision and will enjoy increased independence in her daily life.

Lon shared, “I am not worried about my eye anymore, the problem is gone and I am excited to work with my husband again and help him with everything.”

Lon's surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drop medication and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled. She w...

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June 9, 2020

Lon is a 60-year-old farm worker from Cambodia. She works with her husband as a caretaker of a mango farm. They have three children together. Her children have found jobs in other areas but still come to visit often. In her free time, Lon enjoys listening to the monks praying on the radio.

Three years ago, Lon developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Lon learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On June 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Lon said, “I need to have good eyesight to do everything in my job well, like collecting the fruit. Right now my husband has to work by himself, so I hope this surgery can help me go back to work so he doesn’t have so much work.”

Lon is a 60-year-old farm worker from Cambodia. She works with her husband as a caretaker of a mango farm. They have three children together...

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Lon's Timeline

  • June 9, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lon was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • June 9, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lon 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.

  • June 10, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 29, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Lon's treatment
Hospital Fees
$48
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • 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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Tean is a 33-year-old garment factory worker. She is married with a son and a daughter, and her husband is a security guard. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the factory where she was employed has been closed for over three months. It has been difficult to find other work, but she has enjoyed being able to spend more time with her children. She loves reading stories to them, as well as going for walks by herself and listening to music. Three years ago, Tean developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her severe irritation, occasional pain, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Tean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for six hours with her sister seeking treatment. Tean needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216 which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 14th. Tean shared, "I am happy I can get this surgery, and I hope that I will not have eye pain or irritation anymore. When my factory opens again I will be able to work easily and enjoy my time with my family."

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