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Success! Sinuon from Cambodia raised $398 to fund cataract surgery.

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Sinuon's treatment was fully funded on July 17, 2017.
July 6, 2017

Sinuon is a 60-year-old woman from Cambodia who is married and has one son, two daughters, and five grandchildren. In her free time, Sinuon likes to listen to monks pray on the radio.

About one year ago, Sinuon developed a cataract in each eye, which has caused her to experience blurred vision, tearing, sensitivity to light, and cloudy lenses. As a result, it is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, go anywhere outside, and do any work.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $398 to fund small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant for each of Sinuon’s eyes. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 6 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Sinuon’s vision to its former state and allow her to live more comfortably.

Sinuon is a 60-year-old woman from Cambodia who is married and has one son, two daughters, and five grandchildren. In her free time, Sinuon ...

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Sinuon's Timeline

  • July 6, 2017

    Sinuon was submitted by Evalynn Romano, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 06, 2017

    Sinuon was scheduled to receive treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • July 11, 2017

    Sinuon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 17, 2017

    Sinuon's treatment was fully funded.


    Awaiting Sinuon's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Sinuon'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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