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

Lan
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$225
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Lan's treatment was fully funded on June 26, 2016.

Photo of Lan post-operation

August 22, 2016

Lan underwent vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Lan’s right eye cataract was successfully removed and clear vision has been restored. She went home after the first surgery and has yet to come back to have the same operation in the other eye. Because coming to the clinic requires taking a day off from work and usually a family escort, the patient may have had trouble finding a day to come back. Also, because the patient left with clear vision in one eye, her problems with blurred vision are less of burden making the second surgery a less immediate priority than the first. The second surgery will be free for Lan whenever she returns.

Lan's right eye cataract was successfully removed and clear vision has been restored. She went home after the first surgery and has yet to c...

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June 2, 2016

Lan is married with four sons, three daughters, and seven grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen the monks pray.

Lan developed a cataract in each eye one year ago. This causes her blurred vision, pain, and she can’t get around easily on her own.

The condition commonly affects the elderly population due to age-related changes in the eyes. Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, resulting in functional blindness.

Lan traveled three hours with her daughter to reach Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. After a small incision cataract surgery (SICS) and intraocular lens (IOL) implant in each eye, Lan will be able to see clearly again.

“I hope I can look after my grandchildren and can go anywhere more easily than now,” Lan shares with us.

Lan is married with four sons, three daughters, and seven grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen the monks pray. Lan de...

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Lan's Timeline

  • June 2, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 2, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lan 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

    Lan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 26, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lan's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 22, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Lan. Read the update.

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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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