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Sarin is a farmer from Cambodia who needs $398 to fund cataract surgery.

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July 4, 2017

Sarin is a 62-year-old man from Cambodia who is married and has four daughters, six sons, and 30 grandchildren. He works as a corn and vegetable farmer. In his free time, Sarin likes to watch boxing on TV and listen to the news on the radio.

About two years ago, Sarin developed a cataract in each eye, which has caused him to experience blurred vision, extreme sensitivity to light, and cloudy lenses. As a result, it is difficult for him to see things clearly, recognize faces, work, and go anywhere on his own.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $398 to fund a phaco procedure and an intraocular lens implant for each of Sarin’s eyes. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 4 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Sarin’s vision to its former state and allow him to live more comfortably.

Sarin is a 62-year-old man from Cambodia who is married and has four daughters, six sons, and 30 grandchildren. He works as a corn and veget...

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Sarin's Timeline

  • July 4, 2017

    Sarin was submitted by Evalynn Romano, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 04, 2017

    Sarin was scheduled to receive treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • July 11, 2017

    Sarin's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Sarin is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

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

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 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.