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

Yon
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$229
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Fully funded
Yon's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2021.

Photo of Yon post-operation

September 3, 2021

Yon underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Yon’s sight-restoring surgery was a success! After years of difficulty with his vision, Yon can go outside again. He is looking forward to cooking, planting, and helping his family. His grandchildren are excited to play with their grandfather and accompany him to ceremonies at the local pagoda.

Yon’s daughter shared, “I am relieved my father will be able to see well again. He can help around the house, and I don’t have to worry about him anymore. Thank you for helping him have this surgery.”

Yon's sight-restoring surgery was a success! After years of difficulty with his vision, Yon can go outside again. He is looking forward to c...

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August 3, 2021

Yon is a 65-year-old rice farmer with two sons, three daughters, and ten grandchildren. Currently, Yon lives and works with his wife and his oldest daughter’s family. Due to his sight, he spends most of his time now at home to help take care of his grandchildren. He loves to cook, garden, and listen to monks pray on the radio.

Four years ago, Yon developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Yon learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On August 3rd, doctors will perform a cataract surgery and lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Yon shares, “I am excited to take my grandchildren to participate in a ceremony at the pagoda. I want to see my granddaughter have fun at that ceremony.”

Yon is a 65-year-old rice farmer with two sons, three daughters, and ten grandchildren. Currently, Yon lives and works with his wife and his...

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Yon's Timeline

  • August 3, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 3, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yon 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.

  • August 4, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yon's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Yon's treatment
Hospital Fees
$48
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • 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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