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Success! Oeun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

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Oeun's treatment was fully funded on February 15, 2021.

Photo of Oeun post-operation

February 18, 2021

Oeun underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Oeun’s husband passed away two years ago and her vision had gotten progressively worse over since then. She couldn’t recognize her family, was unable to go outside very often, or visit the pagoda which she enjoys being able to do. After her surgery, she put drops in her eyes several times a day, and her vision has improved dramatically. She is able to take better care of herself, recognize her family (she has 20 grandchildren!), and visit the pagoda to hear the monks pray.

“I feel very happy that I can see better, go outside, and recognize something well. I can take care of myself and go to join ceremonies,” she shared.

Oeun's husband passed away two years ago and her vision had gotten progressively worse over since then. She couldn't recognize her family, w...

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October 20, 2020

Oeun is a 76-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Oeun has three sons, six daughters, and 20 grandchildren. Her husband passed away from tuberculosis two years ago, so Oeun lives with her youngest daughter. She enjoys listening to the monks praying at the pagoda or on the radio.

Two years ago, Oeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Oeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On October 19th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Oeun said, “I hope I can see everything after my surgery well so I can get back to my farming and taking care of my grandchildren. I would like to travel to the pagoda on my own once my vision is clear.”

Oeun is a 76-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Oeun has three sons, six daughters, and 20 grandchildren. Her husband passed away from tube...

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Oeun's Timeline

  • October 19, 2020

    Oeun 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.

  • October 20, 2020

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

  • October 20, 2020

    Oeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 15, 2021

    Oeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 18, 2021

    Oeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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