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Success! Asiyas from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring surgery.

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Asiyas's treatment was fully funded on December 16, 2021.

Photo of Asiyas post-operation

December 23, 2021

Asiyas underwent sight-restoring surgery.

Asiyas had a successful procedure to remove the cataract on her eye. It was important for her to do this so that her vision did not further deteriorate. She will rest for a few days and apply eye drops to decrease the risk of infection and aid in healing. Asiyas’ eyesight will continue to improve and she’ll soon be able to travel by herself and visit family.

Asisyas said: “Thank you. I am so grateful to see again and visit my family and my temple.”

Asiyas had a successful procedure to remove the cataract on her eye. It was important for her to do this so that her vision did not further ...

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September 9, 2021

Asiyas is a 63-year-old grandmother with one daughter, whom she currently lives with, and four grandchildren.

Three years ago, Asiyas developed a cataract in her left eye, causing blurry vision and photophobia. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Asiyas learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for one and half hours to seek treatment. On September 9th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Asiyas shared, “I hope I can see clearly again so I can see my grandchildren’s faces and help my daughter with cooking. I would also like to visit the mosque myself.”

Asiyas is a 63-year-old grandmother with one daughter, whom she currently lives with, and four grandchildren. Three years ago, Asiyas dev...

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Asiyas's Timeline

  • September 9, 2021

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

  • September 9, 2021

    Asiyas 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.

  • September 10, 2021

    Asiyas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 16, 2021

    Asiyas's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2021

    Asiyas's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Asiyas'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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