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Success! Seng Ly from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Seng Ly
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Seng Ly's treatment was fully funded on July 3, 2021.

Photo of Seng Ly post-operation

April 12, 2021

Seng Ly underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

After a successful cataract procedure, Seng Ly is now resting at home and using antibiotic eye drops multiple times per day to prevent infection. His vision has already improved, and he can now see better, go outside, and is excited to read books again.

Seng Ly shared, “I am so happy to see the faces of my family, especially my grandchildren. I can be more independent and enjoy my retirement.”

After a successful cataract procedure, Seng Ly is now resting at home and using antibiotic eye drops multiple times per day to prevent infec...

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March 29, 2021

Seng Ly is a 65-year-old retired policeman. He has a daughter, two sons, and three grandchildren. He lives with his wife, his youngest daughter, and his grandchildren. His daughter works in the garment industry. Seng Ly retired from his work two years ago due to poor vision, so he stays home to look after his grandchildren. When not helping to take care of his grandchildren, he likes to listen to the news on the radio.

Two years ago, Seng Ly developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, photophobia, inability to see in dim light. When Seng Ly learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his daughter seeking treatment. On March 29th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Seng Ly shared with us: “I hope after surgery I can see well. I can bring my grandchildren to school, and can teach them at home. I hope I’ll be able to go outside and be able to see.”

Seng Ly is a 65-year-old retired policeman. He has a daughter, two sons, and three grandchildren. He lives with his wife, his youngest daugh...

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Seng Ly's Timeline

  • March 29, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 29, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Seng Ly 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.

  • March 30, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Seng Ly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Seng Ly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 3, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Seng Ly's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Seng Ly'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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.