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

Oun
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$229
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Fully funded
Oun's treatment was fully funded on November 21, 2021.

Photo of Oun post-operation

August 8, 2021

Oun underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Oun had a smooth surgery, and her eyesight is now restored. The joy she felt at being able to recognize faces again was beyond words! She didn’t imagine that her sight would improve as much as it did. She can have a better life with improved independence, like the ability to go outside by herself. She looks forward to visiting her community pagoda by herself again.

Her son shared, “My mother is so happy that she can see well again. Thank you to all those who helped. Her grandchildren are happy that she can cook for them again!”

Oun had a smooth surgery, and her eyesight is now restored. The joy she felt at being able to recognize faces again was beyond words! She di...

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July 6, 2021

Oun is a 62-year-old farmer. She has two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. Oun lives with her husband and their son who is also a farmer. Nowadays, her vision is very limited, so Oun often stays home to care for her grandchildren. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

This started three years ago when Oun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and sometimes tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Oun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and half hours seeking treatment. On July 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Oun shared, “I hope after surgery my eye sees clearly so I can go outside and help plant crops and rice.”

Oun is a 62-year-old farmer. She has two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. Oun lives with her husband and their son who is also...

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Oun's Timeline

  • July 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 6, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Oun 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.

  • July 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Oun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Oun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 21, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Oun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Oun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$48
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • 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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