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Success! Yuth from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Yuth
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Yuth's treatment was fully funded on April 6, 2016.

Photo of Yuth post-operation

May 5, 2016

Yuth received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

58-year-old Yuth had cataracts in both eyes for over two years, but now, thanks to Watsi funding and the help of our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she can see clearly once again.

Both of her cloudy lenses were removed and replaced with clear implants, not only improving her eyesight but also reducing discomfort and restoring her independence.

Yuth and her family are both very grateful for her health: “I am very happy that I can see everything clearly again. Now I can go to the pagoda, work, and go anywhere by myself easily,” shares Yuth.

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March 1, 2016

Meet Yuth, a 58-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. “Yuth is married with three sons, two daughters, and seven grandkids. She enjoys visiting the pagoda and watching TV in her free time,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center (CSC).

Two years ago, Yuth developed cataracts in both of her eyes. A cataract is a clouding of the lens that is most commonly due to age-related changes in the eye. Yuth is experiencing partial blindness, irritation, and excessive tearing. She traveled two hours to CSC with her son with hopes of restoring her vision. “I hope I can see clearly so I can work and look after my grandchildren,” she says.

For $225, Yuth will undergo phacoemulsification and lens implant surgery in both eyes. The surgeon will use an ultrasonic probe to break up the natural lens of the eye in order to remove it. After the clouded lens is removed, an artificial intraocular lens will be put in its place. “She will be able to see clearly again,” says CSC.

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Yuth's Timeline

  • March 1, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 1, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yuth 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 21, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yuth's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 6, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yuth's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 5, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yuth's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.