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Lae is a girl from Burma who needs $1,500 to fund cataract surgery.

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January 17, 2018

Lae is a five-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her family in Kawkareik Town, Karen State. She enjoys school very much. She likes to interact with the other children and play games with her parents at home.

The vision in Lae’s left eye is blurry. She can only see out of her right eye and has been experiencing sensitivity to light. She has been diagnosed with a cataract in her left eye.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Lae. On January 24, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Lae’s natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant in the left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.

Lae says, “I want to be a teacher when I grow up.”

Lae is a five-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her family in Kawkareik Town, Karen State. She enjoys school very much. She likes to ...

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Lae's Timeline

  • January 17, 2018

    Lae was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • January 18, 2018

    Lae's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 24, 2018

    Lae received treatment at Mae Sot General Hospital. 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.

  • February 20, 2018

    Awaiting Lae's treatment update from Burma Children Medical Fund.


    Lae is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,505 for Lae's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,005 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients may experience blurred or dim vision, shadows or blind spots in the field of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, and double vision.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Reduced vision can result in social isolation, depression, increased risk of falling and accidents, and ultimately a greater tendency to be disabled. Without surgery, the patient will have no choice but to live with end-stage ocular disease, often resulting in blindness or pain.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

The healthcare system in Burma does not permit the average citizen to receive proper eye examinations. This lack of attention to ocular health is due to a variety of reasons. However, a low optometrist-to-population ratio and insufficient funds are the leading causes.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will only be performed if the pressure in the eye is stable. The time it takes to stabilize the pressure in the eye depends on the severity of damage to the eye.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The patient will regain his or her vision, though it may not be perfectly clear. Fortunately, the surgery prevents a complete loss of vision.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, infection, scarring, persistent swelling, wound separation, and the need to undergo additional surgery.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Burma has 309 ophthalmologists and 150 eye nurses. Fewer than half of the ophthalmologists perform surgery, and almost two-thirds confine their practice to the cities of Yangon (with a population of about six million) and Mandalay (about three million), where many people have the financial capacity to meet high out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Aside from these main facilities, there is roughly one ophthalmologist for every 500,000 people, and eye health screening and treatment for children and adults is neither comprehensive nor consistent.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If left untreated, the patient will eventually lose his or her vision completely.

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