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Success! Soknov from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract surgery.

Soknov
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$292
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$0
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Soknov's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Soknov post-operation

May 16, 2017

Soknov underwent cataract surgery.

Soknov’s eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. She will return soon for the same surgery on her right eye.

Soknov says, “I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again. I can recognize the faces of my relatives clearly and go anywhere outside by myself very well.”

Soknov's eye cataract was successfully removed from her left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given...

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April 5, 2017

Soknov is a 68-year-old married farmer with a daughter and three grandchildren. She likes to join ceremonies at the pagoda in her free time. Soknov heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from her neighbor. She traveled for three hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment.

Soknov developed a cataract in each eye about two years ago, causing her blurred vision, tearing, cloudy lenses, and photophobia. It is difficult for Soknov to see things clearly.

On April 5, Soknov will undergo surgery at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, CSC’s care center. CSC is requesting $292 to fund her treatment. After a phacoemulsification procedure and intraocular lens implant in each eye, Soknov will be able to see things clearly again.

Soknov is a 68-year-old married farmer with a daughter and three grandchildren. She likes to join ceremonies at the pagoda in her free time....

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Soknov's Timeline

  • April 5, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Soknov was submitted by Korng Hout, Accountant at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • April 5, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Soknov 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 7, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Soknov's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 16, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Soknov's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Soknov's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Soknov's treatment
Hospital Fees
$187
Medical Staff
$100
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
  • 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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47% funded

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$549raised
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