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Success! Seang from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly.

  • $253 raised, $0 to go
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Seang's treatment was fully funded on August 27, 2022.

Photo of Seang post-operation

September 6, 2022

Seang underwent cataract surgery so she can see clearly.

Seang’s sister suggested she go to Children’s Surgical Centre for her eye problem, and she was happy she took her sister’s advice! She had successful surgery and was able to return home two days later. When her eye is completely healed, it will be easier for her to go outside to help in the rice field, and she will no longer be afraid that she will trip or fall due to limited vision.

Seang says, “I am happy I can be more independent and not stay inside the house feeling useless. I can go to our village pagoda by myself, and help to take care of my grandchildren. Thank you to the donors who help Cambodians like me to have a good life and support our families with good health.”

Seang's sister suggested she go to Children's Surgical Centre for her eye problem, and she was happy she took her sister's advice! She had s...

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April 19, 2022

Seang is a 58-year-old woman. She and her husband work as rice farmers and have two daughters, four sons, and ten grandchildren. In her free time, Seang enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Three years ago, Seang developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she cannot go places on her own.

When Seang learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 19th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $253 to fund this procedure.

Seang says, “After surgery, I want to be able to plant rice more easily.”

Seang is a 58-year-old woman. She and her husband work as rice farmers and have two daughters, four sons, and ten grandchildren. In her free...

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Seang's Timeline

  • April 19, 2022

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

  • April 19, 2022

    Seang 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.

  • April 21, 2022

    Seang's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 27, 2022

    Seang's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 6, 2022

    Seang's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Seang'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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