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Khem from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Khem
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  • $225 raised, $0 to go
$225
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Khem's treatment was fully funded on May 7, 2016.

Photo of Khem post-operation

July 6, 2016

Khem received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Khem had one of his cataracts removed in a short procedure, during which his clouded lens was removed and replaced with a clear, artificial implant. Though scheduled to have both cataracts treated, he has yet to return to receive his second surgery.

It can take patients some time to return for follow-up care for any number of reasons. Patients often live far away, or have important family matters that keep them from coming back to the clinic. Whenever Khem returns, his second surgery will be free.

Khem had one of his cataracts removed in a short procedure, during which his clouded lens was removed and replaced with a clear, artificial ...

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April 20, 2016

Khem is a 70-year-old man from Cambodia who spends his time working at the pagoda. He is married with 8 daughters and 35 grandchildren. He enjoys reading the Buddhist text and cleaning the pagoda.

One year ago, Khem developed a cataract in each eye. This causes him to be partially blind, experience tearing and have cloudy lenses. He can’t see clearly, do work well, or go outside on his own.

Khem traveled two hours to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, with his wife. He learned a simple surgical procedure can restore his sight.

For $225, Khem will receive cataract surgery. Doctors will remove the old, cloudy lenses from his eyes and replace them with clear, artificial implants.

“I hope my eyes can see everything more clearly than now,” Khem says. “Then, I can read the Bible more clearly than now and easily walk anywhere outside.”

Khem is a 70-year-old man from Cambodia who spends his time working at the pagoda. He is married with 8 daughters and 35 grandchildren. He e...

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Khem's Timeline

  • April 20, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Khem was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • April 20, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

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

  • May 06, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Khem's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 07, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Khem's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 06, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Khem's treatment was started but not completed. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.