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Success! Mao from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract eye surgery.

Mao
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mao's treatment was fully funded on March 22, 2017.

Photo of Mao post-operation

March 1, 2017

Mao underwent successful cataract surgery.

Mao’s eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection.

Mao says, “I am happy that I can see clearly. I can help my family and continue my work easily.”

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

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January 10, 2017

Mao is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has one son, two daughters, and six grandchildren. He likes to listen to the news on the radio.

One year ago, Mao developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, tearing, and cloudy lenses. It is difficult for him to see things clearly or to go anywhere outside, and he is worried about going blind.

Mao knew about our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), because his sister had surgery there before. He traveled for three hours with his daughter to reach CSC for treatment.

On January 10, Mao will receive cataract eye surgery and an artificial lens will be implanted in each eye. CSC are requesting $292 for the treatment, after which Mao will be able to see clearly again.

“I hope I can see everything more clearly,” says Mao, “so that I can help my family and I can go anywhere easily.”

Mao is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has one son, two daughters, and six grandchildren. He likes to listen to t...

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Mao's Timeline

  • January 10, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mao was submitted by Evalynn Romano, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 10, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mao received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • January 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mao's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 01, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mao's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 22, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mao's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Mao'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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