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

  • $225 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Yen's treatment was fully funded on May 16, 2016.

Photo of Yen post-operation

July 7, 2016

Yen received successful cataract removal surgery.

Yen had one cataract successfully removed in a short surgery, during which her clouded lens was taken out and replaced with a clear artificial implant. The procedure went very well, and already Yen’s vision is much clearer than before.

Though she was scheduled to have cataracts removed from both her eyes, she has yet to return for the second procedure.

It can often take patients some time to return for follow-up care for a number of reasons. Patients frequently live far away or have important family matters arise that keep them from coming back to the clinic. When Yen can return, the second surgery to remove the cataract in her other eye will be free.

Yen had one cataract successfully removed in a short surgery, during which her clouded lens was taken out and replaced with a clear artifici...

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April 27, 2016

“Yen developed a cataract in each eye a year ago. This causes her blurred vision and tearing. She can’t see anything clearly, do work well, or go outside on her own,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).

A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy. Over time this can result in a degradation or total loss of vision.

Yen is a 84-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is married with one son, four daughters, and 20 grandchildren. Yen enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to the monks pray.

For $225 CSC doctors will perform surgery to remove Yen’s cloudy lenses and replace them with synthetic implants. Surgery takes about an hour and Yen should regain her vision soon after her treatment.

“I hope I can see better so I can do work and go outside and no longer require other people to take care of me,” says Yen.

“Yen developed a cataract in each eye a year ago. This causes her blurred vision and tearing. She can't see anything clearly, do work well, ...

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Yen's Timeline

  • April 27, 2016

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

  • April 27, 2016

    Yen was scheduled to receive 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.

  • May 13, 2016

    Yen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 16, 2016

    Yen's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 7, 2016

    Yen's treatment was started but not completed. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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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