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Saroeun is a rice farmer from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund an eyesight-restoring cataract surgery.

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June 17, 2021

Saroeun is a 62-year-old farmer who lives with her older brother on their rice farm. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and visiting the pagoda.

Five years ago, Saroeun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Saroeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her sister in law seeking treatment. On June 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery in her left eye. After recovery, Saroeun will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Saroeun is hopeful, “I hope I can see well again after surgery so I can recognize my relatives faces again, help my brother take care of his children, and do all the housework easily.”

Saroeun is a 62-year-old farmer who lives with her older brother on their rice farm. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and...

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Saroeun's Timeline

  • June 17, 2021

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

  • June 17, 2021

    Saroeun 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.

  • June 21, 2021

    Saroeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 2, 2021

    Awaiting Saroeun's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Saroeun is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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