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

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Loeun's treatment was fully funded on May 25, 2021.

Photo of Loeun post-operation

April 2, 2021

Loeun underwent cataract surgery.

Loeun traveled to Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) to have her cataract removed. Her vision has already improved, and she looks forward to returning to her farm to help support her family.

Loeun shared, “I feel so happy I can see well again! I’m looking forward to taking care of my grandchildren and myself more easily now.”

Loeun traveled to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) to have her cataract removed. Her vision has already improved, and she looks forward to r...

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February 15, 2021

Loeun is a 66-year-old farmer with two sons, four daughters, and many grandchildren. Loeun lives with her husband and their youngest daughter who is also a rice farmer. Currently, Loeun can not work on the rice farm because of her vision.

One year ago, Loeun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her irritation, blurry vision, and sensitivity to light. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Loeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for five hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On February 15th, 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.

Loeun shared, “I hope after surgery I can see well, go outside and recognize everything, and help my children take care of their families. I want to plant some vegetables to sell and earn money.”

Loeun is a 66-year-old farmer with two sons, four daughters, and many grandchildren. Loeun lives with her husband and their youngest daughte...

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Loeun's Timeline

  • February 15, 2021

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

  • February 15, 2021

    Loeun 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.

  • February 16, 2021

    Loeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 2, 2021

    Loeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 25, 2021

    Loeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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