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Success! Pan from Cambodia raised $292 to remove cataracts and improve his vision.

Pan
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  • $292 raised, $0 to go
$292
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Pan's treatment was fully funded on November 24, 2016.

Photo of Pan post-operation

November 28, 2016

Pan successfully received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Pan, a 76-year-old grandfather from Cambodia, developed cataracts both his eyes which for a long time has blurred his vision and made it difficult for him to get around with ease.

After traveling to the hospital from his rural village, Pan has now received successful cataract surgery! The doctors have removed his clouded lenses and he’s now on his way to a full recovery. Pan is back at home now and healing, and with some time, is expected to have a full restoration of his vision.

“I feel very happy that I can see clearly again. I can do any work at home easily and go places by myself,” shares Pan after surgery.

Pan, a 76-year-old grandfather from Cambodia, developed cataracts both his eyes which for a long time has blurred his vision and made it dif...

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August 30, 2016

Pan is a happy 76-year-old married man from Cambodia. He has a son, four daughters, and ten grandchildren. He enjoys listening to the monks praying and hearing the news on the radio. He also very much enjoys looking after his grandchildren.

He traveled 3 hours with his daughter to reach CSC for treatment.

Two years ago, Pan developed a cataract in each of his eyes. This condition is commonly seen in older adults, and it can severely affect his vision, lead to eye tearing, and cause photophobia. He can’t see clearly, do work well, or go outside independently. So, he traveled three hours with his daughter to reach Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center, for treatment.

After an ophthalmologist performs cataract surgery (ECCE and IOL) in each eye, Pan’s clouded lenses that contain protein buildup will be replaced with clear, artificial lenses. He will be able to see clearly again and without any problems.

$292 in funding will make this intraocular lens surgery possible for Pan, so that he may once again be able to look after his grandchildren and family.

Pan is a happy 76-year-old married man from Cambodia. He has a son, four daughters, and ten grandchildren. He enjoys listening to the monks ...

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Pan's Timeline

  • August 30, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 30, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pan 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.

  • October 13, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 24, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pan's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 28, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pan's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

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