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Yoeun from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Yoeun
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
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Fully funded
Yoeun's treatment was fully funded on July 29, 2016.

Photo of Yoeun post-operation

September 17, 2016

Yoeun received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Yoeun can see clearly again for the first time in one year. With restored vision, she looks forward to working on her farm by herself, and traveling outdoors without assistance.

Yoeun’s surgery lasted approximately 45 minutes, during which her clouded lenses were replaced with artificial implants. She can return to Children’s Surgical Centre at any time for follow-up care if she experiences complications, but she has been discharged and is expected to make a full recovery.

Yoeun can see clearly again for the first time in one year. With restored vision, she looks forward to working on her farm by herself, and t...

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June 27, 2016

Meet Yoeun, a 67-year-old woman from Cambodia. Yoeun is married with one son, one daughter, and four grandchildren. She enjoys listening to the monks pray and visiting the pagoda.

One year ago, Yoeun developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. This causes her blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for her to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside.

After learning about Children’s Surgical Centre, Watsi’s medical partner, Yoeun and her grandson travelled three hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Yoeun’s sight.

With $225, Yoeun will undergo cataract surgery, during which her old lenses will be removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants, allowing her to see again immediately after her operation.

Meet Yoeun, a 67-year-old woman from Cambodia. Yoeun is married with one son, one daughter, and four grandchildren. She enjoys listening to ...

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Yoeun's Timeline

  • June 27, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 27, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yoeun 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.

  • July 25, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 29, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yoeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Yoeun. Read the update.

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Treatment
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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