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

Sopheap
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sopheap's treatment was fully funded on December 27, 2020.

Photo of Sopheap post-operation

July 9, 2020

Sopheap underwent cataract surgery.

Sopheap’s surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled to check her visual acuity. She can now see more clearly, and will enjoy increased independence in her daily life.

Sopheap shared, “My eyesight is better now and I will start walking with my grandchildren as much as I can. I want to take care of them better, and be able to plant and sell my flowers.”

Sopheap's surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled to check her...

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June 3, 2020

Sopheap is a 64-year-old plant seller from Cambodia. She lives and works with her husband. They have six children together, and ten grandchildren in turn. All of her children are married work in different areas. She enjoys traveling to different pagodas to attend ceremonies.

One year ago, Sopheap developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. Her vision has worsened significantly in recent weeks.

When Sopheap learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On June 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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.

Sopheap said, “I can’t plant flowers without my eyesight, and I can’t travel by myself either. I hope that my surgery is successful so that I can come back and do these things, and visit with my grandchildren.”

Sopheap is a 64-year-old plant seller from Cambodia. She lives and works with her husband. They have six children together, and ten grandchi...

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Sopheap's Timeline

  • June 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sopheap was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • June 03, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sopheap received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • June 04, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sopheap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sopheap's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 27, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sopheap's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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