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Sophal is a moto-taxi driver from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery and return to work.

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September 14, 2021

Sophal is a 60-year-old moto-taxi driver. He has one daughter, two sons, and three grandchildren. Sophal lives with his wife and youngest daughter, who is a student. Because he can no longer see well, Sophal cannot work. He enjoys listening to the news on the radio.

One year ago, Sophal developed a cataract in his right eye, causing blurry vision, photophobia, and difficulty seeing clearly and in low light. He also has trouble recognizing faces and going anywhere outside.

When Sophal learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for an hour seeking treatment. On September 14th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, Sophal will be able to see clearly once again. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Sophal shared, “I hope after surgery, my eye can see clearly again, and I can go back to my business of my moto-taxi.”

Sophal is a 60-year-old moto-taxi driver. He has one daughter, two sons, and three grandchildren. Sophal lives with his wife and youngest da...

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Sophal's Timeline

  • September 14, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 14, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Sophal was scheduled to receive 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.

  • September 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sophal's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sophal is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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