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

Seng
100%
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Seng's treatment was fully funded on August 14, 2021.

Photo of Seng post-operation

July 1, 2021

Seng underwent cataract surgery.

Seng’s surgery was successful, and she was soon able to return to her province, where she lives with her daughter and her family. Seng is relieved that she can see clearly again, that her eyes no longer experiences more tearing, and that she can go outside without assistance. In particular, Seng looks forward to helping her daughter on the farm, caring for her grandchildren, and being able to see the Khmer dramas she loves on TV!

Seng’s daughter is happy for what this improvement does for her mother, “I am happy to see my mother be more independent with her improved vision. She will be able to help us on the farm so that we can better support our family.”

Seng's surgery was successful, and she was soon able to return to her province, where she lives with her daughter and her family. Seng is re...

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May 17, 2021

Seng is a 59-year-old farmer with one daughter, who is also a rice farmer, and three grandchildren. Most of the time, Seng stays at home and cares for the grandchildren while her daughter is in the rice field. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and watching Khmer and Thai dramas on TV.

Life has become more challenging for her since about five years ago when Seng developed a cataract in her right eye. This causes her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Seng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On May 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Seng shared, “I hope after surgery I am comfortable with my vision and can get around easily on my own.”

Seng is a 59-year-old farmer with one daughter, who is also a rice farmer, and three grandchildren. Most of the time, Seng stays at home and...

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Seng's Timeline

  • May 17, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 17, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Seng 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.

  • May 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Seng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 1, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Seng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 14, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Seng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Seng'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.