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Success! On from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

On
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
On's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2021.

Photo of On post-operation

December 29, 2021

On underwent cataract surgery.

On and her daughter traveled for many hours over rough roads to have her surgery. She was reluctant to travel so far and thought that her eyesight would be poor for the rest of her life. Luckily, On’s surgery was a success. As her eye heals, On’s vision will improve and she will be able to see well enough to return to her daily life and day-to-day activities.

On said: “I am so happy! I can help with my grandchildren, cook and clean, and help my children with farming now. Thank you.”

On and her daughter traveled for many hours over rough roads to have her surgery. She was reluctant to travel so far and thought that her e...

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October 14, 2021

On is a 59-year-old rice farmer. She has three sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. On lives with her eldest daughter, who also works as a farmer. In her free time, On likes to watch TV and listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Over the past year, On developed a cataract in her left eye causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When On learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On October 14th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery 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.

On shared, “I hope my eye can see well so I can go back to the rice field and do some housework well.”

On is a 59-year-old rice farmer. She has three sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. On lives with her eldest daughter, who also wo...

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On's Timeline

  • October 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    On 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.

  • October 17, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    On's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    On's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    On's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for On'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.