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Yath from Cambodia raised $225 for cataract repair surgery.

Yath
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
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$0
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Fully funded
Yath's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2016.

Photo of Yath post-operation

September 29, 2016

Yath received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Yath’s left eye cataract was successfully removed and clear vision has been restored. Yath went home after her first surgery and has yet to come back to have the same operation in the other eye. Because coming to the clinic requires taking a day off from work and usually a family escort, Yath may have had trouble finding a day to come back. Also, because Yath patient left with clear vision in one eye, her problems with blurred vision are less of burden making the second surgery a less immediate priority than the first. Yath’s second surgery will be free whenever she returns.

“I’m happy I can see everything clearly again so now I can help my family do some work on the farm, at home, and help take care of my grandchildren,” Yath shared.

Yath's left eye cataract was successfully removed and clear vision has been restored. Yath went home after her first surgery and has yet to ...

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July 4, 2016

Yath is married with five daughters and ten grandchildren. She is 73 years old and works as a rice farmer.

One year ago, Yath developed a cataract in each eye. Cataracts are common among the elderly as they occur due to age-related changes in the eye.

The cataracts cause her blurred vision, tearing, irritation, and cloudy lenses. She can’t see anyone clearly or go outside by herself, which affects her work as a farmer.

Yath traveled three hours with her sister to reach Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment, which will cost $225.

After a phaco procedure and an intraocular lens (IOL) implant in each eye, Yath will be able to see clearly again. The phaco procedure will remove the cloudy lenses, replacing them with the clear, IOL implants.

When Yath is not working, she enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray, as well as listening to them pray on the radio.

“I hope I can help my family do work on the farm and take care of my grandchildren,” Yath tells us, explaining her hopes for after the surgery.

Yath is married with five daughters and ten grandchildren. She is 73 years old and works as a rice farmer. One year ago, Yath developed a...

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Yath's Timeline

  • July 4, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yath was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 04, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yath received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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 01, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yath's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 06, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yath's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 29, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Yath. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
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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