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Success! Yen from Cambodia raised $292 to see clearly again.

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Yen's treatment was fully funded on November 4, 2016.

Photo of Yen post-operation

November 17, 2016

Yen successfully received surgery to be able to see clearly again.

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

“I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again,” shares Yen. “I can continue my work as a farmer. I can go anywhere by myself easily without needing to disturb others to take care of me.”

Yen's eye cataract was successfully removed from his right eye and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, Yen was given ey...

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October 12, 2016

Yen is a 60-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married with five sons, two daughters, and twenty grandchildren. Yen likes to listen to the news on the radio and watch the news on TV. He heard about Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) from a neighbor who had surgery here before. Yen traveled for three hours with his son to reach CSC for treatment.

Yen developed a cataract in each eye about three months ago causing him blurred vision and headaches. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, do any work, and go anywhere on his own.

For $292, Yen will undergo cataract surgery in both eyes. After surgery, Yen will be able to see clearly again.

Yen is a 60-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married with five sons, two daughters, and twenty grandchildren. Yen likes to listen to the...

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Yen's Timeline

  • October 12, 2016

    Yen was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • October 12, 2016

    Yen 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 14, 2016

    Yen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 4, 2016

    Yen's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 17, 2016

    Yen's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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