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Success! Sok from Cambodia raised $253 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Sok
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sok's treatment was fully funded on September 10, 2022.

Photo of Sok post-operation

September 20, 2022

Sok underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Sok was blind in her right eye before her cataract removal and was delighted that her vision was already improved when she opened her eye for the first time after surgery. She will rest for several days at home, and apply eye drops eight times daily to lubricate her eye and decrease any risk of infection. Her improved vision will allow her to recognize the faces of her family and be more independent in her community.

Sok’s daughter said: “My mother is so much happier with her improved vision. She was depressed that she could not see well enough to help with the house and cooking. Now she can go outside by herself and help me sell fruit at the market. Thank you to everyone who helped to make my mother very happy.”

Sok was blind in her right eye before her cataract removal and was delighted that her vision was already improved when she opened her eye fo...

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April 19, 2022

Sok is a retired rice farmer with one daughter and four grandchildren. Sok shared that her husband passed away many years ago, and now she lives with one of her daughters, who is a fruit seller. In her free time, Sok likes to listen to monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Sok 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 is not able to go places on her own.

When Sok learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and half hours seeking treatment. On April 19th, 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 fund this procedure.

Sok says, “After surgery, I am hoping I can see better so I can join ceremonies at the pagoda by myself again.”

Sok is a retired rice farmer with one daughter and four grandchildren. Sok shared that her husband passed away many years ago, and now she l...

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Sok's Timeline

  • April 19, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 19, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sok 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 21, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sok's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 10, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sok's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 20, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sok's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Sok's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.