Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Oum from Cambodia raised $425 to fund cataract surgery on both eyes.

Oum
100%
  • $425 raised, $0 to go
$425
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Oum's treatment was fully funded on November 11, 2020.

Photo of Oum post-operation

February 2, 2020

Oum underwent cataract surgery on both eyes.

Oum’s surgery was successful, and his wife, Mom, feels so happy that Oum can see everyone much more clearly than before. Mom says that Oum can easily do his work again, and can go anywhere outside much easier than before. Mom also says that surgery has allowed her to stop worrying about her husband’s vision loss. Oum was given eye drops to reduce his risk of of infection, and will need to return in one month’s time to meet with the doctors again for a follow-up appointment.

“I am so happy that I am able to see everything clearly again after my eye surgery. I can see so much more clearly than before, and I can continue working in the military. I can drive a motorcycle, and I can go anywhere outside by myself.”

Oum's surgery was successful, and his wife, Mom, feels so happy that Oum can see everyone much more clearly than before. Mom says that Oum c...

Read more
January 15, 2020

Oum is a 62-year-old retired military officer from Cambodia. He has four sons, three daughters, and three grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys listening to the news on the radio.

One year ago, Oum developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Oum learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 15th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $425 procedure.

“I hope that I will be able to see better than before and can return to my normal activities again,” he shared.

Oum is a 62-year-old retired military officer from Cambodia. He has four sons, three daughters, and three grandchildren. In his free time, h...

Read more

Oum's Timeline

  • January 15, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Oum was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 15, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Oum 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.

  • January 16, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Oum's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 02, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Oum. Read the update.

  • November 11, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Oum'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 $425 for Oum's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$257
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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.