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

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Sarin's treatment was fully funded on June 26, 2022.

Photo of Sarin post-operation

July 6, 2022

Sarin underwent life-changing cataract surgery.

Sarin didn’t want to admit she needed help, but could no longer visit places on her own or look after her grandchildren. After her surgery, she was so grateful for the improvement in her vision. She will use medicated eye drops eight times a day, and rest for several days at home before she resumes her normal activity. Her life will improve because she can be more useful to her family, and looks forward to walking her grandchildren to school.

Sarin said: “I am so happy, I feel 10 years younger, and can see everyone’s faces and bright colors again. Thank you to the CSC staff and the people who donated to help.”

Sarin didn't want to admit she needed help, but could no longer visit places on her own or look after her grandchildren. After her surgery, ...

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March 7, 2022

Sarin is a 77-year-old mother of four. She has two sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren. Sarin’s husband passed away some time ago so she now lives her eldest daughter who works as a cleaner. Sarin likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Sarin developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. Sarin has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own.

When Sarin learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 7th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and lens implant in Sarin’s left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is helping Sarin raise $229 to fund this procedure.

Sarin says, “I hope I can see well again so I can walk around to do things on my own and do my housework well.”

Sarin is a 77-year-old mother of four. She has two sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren. Sarin's husband passed away some time ago so ...

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Sarin's Timeline

  • March 7, 2022

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

  • March 7, 2022

    Sarin 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.

  • March 10, 2022

    Sarin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 26, 2022

    Sarin's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 6, 2022

    Sarin'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 Sarin'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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