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

Socheat
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  • $398 raised, $0 to go
$398
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Socheat's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Socheat post-operation

August 11, 2017

Socheat underwent cataract surgery.

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

Socheat says, “I feel very happy that I can see everything clearly again so that I can continue my studies at school. I can read clearly, write letters easily, and walk anywhere by myself.”

Socheat's eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was giv...

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June 20, 2017

Socheat is a 13-year-old girl and student in the fifth grade. She has one older sister. In her free time, she likes to read books and paint.

About one year ago, Socheat developed a cataract in each eye. This makes it difficult for her to see clearly and attend her classes at school.

Socheat and her mother traveled for one hour to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On June 20, eye surgeons at CSC will remove the cataract from each eye to help Socheat see more clearly. CSC is seeking $398 to help fund this operation.

Socheat is a 13-year-old girl and student in the fifth grade. She has one older sister. In her free time, she likes to read books and paint....

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Socheat's Timeline

  • June 20, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Socheat was submitted by Anne McMurrey, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • June 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Socheat received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • August 09, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Socheat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 11, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Socheat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Socheat's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Socheat's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$230
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.