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Success! Hom from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a cataract surgery.

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Hom's treatment was fully funded on April 5, 2021.

Photo of Hom post-operation

March 26, 2021

Hom underwent a cataract surgery.

Hom’s cataract surgery was smooth and successful. Overall, Hom’s visual acuity has improved so he can see clearly again, and he and his family have now returned to their village. Hom was provided with prescription eye drops to make sure his eye heals properly, which he was told to apply eight times per day.

His daughter is very happy with Hom’s surgery and that he is able to see everything much more clearly than before. She is relieved that he is able to do things without difficulty and she doesn’t have to worry about his vision loss anymore.

Hom shared, “I am thankful for this treatment. I can recognize my family, travel by myself to the pagoda, and play with my grandchildren again. I want to help and support my family.”

Hom's cataract surgery was smooth and successful. Overall, Hom’s visual acuity has improved so he can see clearly again, and he and his fami...

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January 18, 2021

Hom is a 70-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He lives with his wife and his youngest daughter. Hom has three sons, three daughters and is a devoted grandfather to his many grandchildren. His daughter is a garment worker and his wife takes care of the house. Due to his vision, Hom no longer works in the rice field. He and his wife plant vegetables around the house to sell. In his free time, Hom likes to listen to the local monks preaching and local news on the radio.

Five years ago, Hom developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Hom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On January 18th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Hom shared, “I want to see clearly to help my wife around the house, and plant more vegetables to support my family.”

Hom is a 70-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He lives with his wife and his youngest daughter. Hom has three sons, three daughters and is a de...

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Hom's Timeline

  • January 18, 2021

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

  • January 18, 2021

    Hom 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.

  • January 19, 2021

    Hom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 26, 2021

    Hom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 5, 2021

    Hom's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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