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

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Yean's treatment was fully funded on February 5, 2021.

Photo of Yean post-operation

January 23, 2021

Yean underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Yean’s cataract surgery was successful! She’s now home and doctors continue to follow up with her to make sure she is healing. As she recovers, Yean’s vision will continue to improve and she’s happy that she’ll be able get around by herself and spend more time with her grandchildren.

Yean said: “I am excited to travel by myself again, so that I can go to the pagoda and see the monks and the ceremonies.”

Yean's cataract surgery was successful! She's now home and doctors continue to follow up with her to make sure she is healing. As she recove...

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September 28, 2020

Yean is a 74-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Yean has two daughters, one son, and 10 grandchildren. She lives with her husband and her daughter. Yean enjoys visiting the pagoda in her village and reading the Buddhist text.

Seven years ago, Yean developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, irritation, mild pain, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Yean learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On September 28th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Yean said, “I hope I can see everything clearly, read easily, and get around well on my own.”

Her daughter added, “I hope after surgery my mother can see everything clearly again so I won’t have to worry about her becoming blind anymore.”

Yean is a 74-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Yean has two daughters, one son, and 10 grandchildren. She lives with her husband and her d...

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Yean's Timeline

  • September 28, 2020

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

  • September 28, 2020

    Yean 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 29, 2020

    Yean's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 23, 2021

    Yean's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 5, 2021

    Yean's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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