Meet Thorn, a 44-year-old man from Cambodia. He lives with his wife and enjoys listening to news on the radio.
Three months ago, Thorn developed a cataract in each eye. This cloudy build-up of proteins in his eye lenses causes him blurred vision, and it is hard for Thorn to get around on his own. If not treated Thorn could completely lose his ability to see.
90% of blindness in Cambodia could be treated with surgery, however these services are unfortunately not very accessible to the majority of rural Cambodians. Thorn traveled eight hours with his mother to reach Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment.
For $225, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lens, followed by an intraocular lens implant to replace that cloudy lens with a new artificial one. After this hour long operation, Thorn will be able to see clearly again.
After surgery, Thorn looks forward to working and taking care of his plants at home. Let’s help make it possible!