On average, it costs $11,807 for Zar's treatment
Subsidies fund $10,307 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
- Impact on patient's life
- Cultural or regional significance
What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?
Patients may experience blurred or dim vision, shadows or blind spots in the field of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, and double vision.
What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?
Reduced vision can result in social isolation, depression, increased risk of falling and accidents, and ultimately a greater tendency to be disabled. Without surgery, the patient will have no choice but to live with end-stage ocular disease, often resulting in blindness or pain.
What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?
The healthcare system in Burma does not permit the average citizen to receive proper eye examinations. This lack of attention to ocular health is due to a variety of reasons. However, a low optometrist-to-population ratio and insufficient funds are the leading causes.
- Impact on patient's life
- Risks and side-effects
What does the treatment process look like?
Surgery will only be performed if the pressure in the eye is stable. The time it takes to stabilize the pressure in the eye depends on the severity of damage to the eye. For this condition, the patient undergoes two surgeries.
What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?
The patient will regain his or her vision, though it may not be perfectly clear. Fortunately, the surgery prevents a complete loss of vision.
What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?
Potential side effects include bleeding, infection, scarring, persistent swelling, wound separation, and the need to undergo additional surgery.
How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?
Burma has 309 ophthalmologists and 150 eye nurses. Fewer than half of the ophthalmologists perform surgery, and almost two-thirds confine their practice to the cities of Yangon (with a population of about six million) and Mandalay (about three million), where many people have the financial capacity to meet high out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Aside from these main facilities, there is roughly one ophthalmologist for every 500,000 people, and eye health screening and treatment for children and adults is neither comprehensive nor consistent.
What are the alternatives to this treatment?
There are no alternatives. If left untreated, the patient will eventually lose his or her vision completely.