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Success! San from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly.

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San's treatment was fully funded on September 14, 2022.

Photo of San post-operation

September 19, 2022

San underwent cataract surgery so she can see clearly.

San was hesitant to admit her eyesight was failing, but living alone had become difficult for her. She was happy to take the advice of a relative and explore if surgery was possible for her. And with your help, it was! San was overjoyed when she was able to open her eye and see the improvement. Her eyesight will continue to slowly improve over the next few weeks. San can now recognize the faces of her family and feels more confident walking outside. Her life will be better because she has newfound independence.

San said: “I am grateful to the staff and the people who have made my life easier now that I can see better. I look forward to visiting my family frequently now that I am not afraid to walk outside by myself. Thank you for helping me see better so I can feel more useful to my family, even at my age.”

San was hesitant to admit her eyesight was failing, but living alone had become difficult for her. She was happy to take the advice of a rel...

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April 21, 2022

San is a retired rice farmer with three daughters, six sons, and fifteen grandchildren. San shared that her husband passed away a long time ago, and now she lives next door to one of her daughters. San loves listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, San developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her tearing and blurry vision. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she doesn’t go many places on her own anymore.

When San learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 21st, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $253 to help fund this procedure.

San says, “After surgery, I hope my vision improves so I can visit the pagoda by myself.”

San is a retired rice farmer with three daughters, six sons, and fifteen grandchildren. San shared that her husband passed away a long time ...

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San's Timeline

  • April 21, 2022

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

  • April 21, 2022

    San 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.

  • April 25, 2022

    San's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 14, 2022

    San's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 19, 2022

    San'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 $253 for San'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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