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

Seng
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Seng's treatment was fully funded on June 25, 2016.

Photo of Seng post-operation

October 31, 2016

Seng successfully received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Seng’s eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, Seng was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection. He went home after the first surgery and has yet to return to have the same operation completed in the other eye. Because returning to the clinic requires taking a day off from work and usually a family escort, he may have had trouble finding a day to come back. Also, because he left with clear vision in one eye, his problems with blurred vision are less of a burden making the second surgery a less immediate priority than the first. The second surgery will be free whenever Seng returns.

“I feel very happy that I can do work now and read any book,” Seng shares.

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

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June 2, 2016

Meet Seng, a 68-year-old man from Cambodia. Seng is married with three daughters. He enjoys reading Buddhist religious texts and visiting the pagoda to join in ceremonies. He traveled seven hours with his friend to reach CSC for treatment.

Seng developed a cataract in each eye four years ago. This causes him blurred vision, burning, and makes it difficult for him to get around easily on his own.

Cataracts typically occur in the elderly from age-related changes in the lens causing them to become cloudy. The cloudy lenses make it difficult to see, and can lead to blindness if gone untreated.

$225 covers the cost of a commonly practiced procedure to treat cataracts. Seng will receive surgery to remove his cloudy eye lenses and replace them with clear lens implants.

Meet Seng, a 68-year-old man from Cambodia. Seng is married with three daughters. He enjoys reading Buddhist religious texts and visiting th...

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Seng's Timeline

  • June 2, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 2, 2016
    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.

  • June 22, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Seng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 25, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Seng's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 31, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Seng. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.