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

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Oy's treatment was fully funded on February 17, 2021.

Photo of Oy post-operation

February 18, 2021

Oy underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

The surgeons at our medical partner CSC removed Oy’s cataract that had caused him to lose most of his sight in one eye. After a post-op course of eye drops to reduce inflammation, pain, and risk of infection, Oy can see again in his left eye and can now return to driving his tuk-tuk to support his family.

“I’m feeling very glad that I can see and can drive again to earn some money by myself to support my family.”

The surgeons at our medical partner CSC removed Oy's cataract that had caused him to lose most of his sight in one eye. After a post-op cou...

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November 9, 2020

Oy is a 51-year-old tuk tuk driver from Cambodia. Oy has one son and his wife works as a garment worker in Phnom Penh. Oy always drives his son to school and his wife to work everyday, and he enjoys watching Khmer boxing on TV in his free time.

However, doing these things has become more difficult for him because five years ago, Oy started to develop a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia.

When Oy learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there hopeful to receive treatment. On November 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Oy said, “I can’t drive my tuk tuk, so I can’t earn money to support my family. I hope that after surgery my vision will improve so I can work again.”

Oy is a 51-year-old tuk tuk driver from Cambodia. Oy has one son and his wife works as a garment worker in Phnom Penh. Oy always drives his ...

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Oy's Timeline

  • November 9, 2020

    Oy was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • November 9, 2020

    Oy received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. 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.

  • November 10, 2020

    Oy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 17, 2021

    Oy's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 18, 2021

    Oy'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 Oy'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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