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Success! Vanny from Cambodia raised $292 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

  • $292 raised, $0 to go
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Vanny's treatment was fully funded on November 15, 2016.

Photo of Vanny post-operation

November 16, 2016

Vanny successfully received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Vanny eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and fight infection. Vanny 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, she may have had trouble finding a day to come back. Also, because she left with clear vision in one eye, her 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 Vanny returns.

“I feel very happy that I can see clearly again,” says Vanny. “I can do any work at home and go to the pagoda or anywhere else outside.”

Vanny eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given ey...

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September 5, 2016

Meet Vanny, a 65-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Vanny is married without children. She enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to monks pray,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

Two years ago, Vanny 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,” CSC explains.

“I hope my eyes can see everything clearly again,” shares Vanny, “Then, I can work at home and go anywhere outside.”

After learning about CSC, Vanny and her husband travelled three hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Vanny’s sight.

With $292, Vanny 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 Vanny, a 65-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Vanny is married without children. She enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to monks pra...

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Vanny's Timeline

  • September 5, 2016

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

  • September 5, 2016

    Vanny 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

    Vanny's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 15, 2016

    Vanny's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 16, 2016

    Vanny's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Vanny's treatment
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 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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