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Success! Meng Sreng from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Meng Sreng
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Meng Sreng's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2021.

Photo of Meng Sreng post-operation

December 31, 2021

Meng Sreng underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Meng Sreng’s surgery was a success! He’ll rest for a few days and apply eye drops to continue his healing. As a result of the surgery, Meng Sreng’s symptoms will disappear, and his vision will gradually improve. His family is thrilled that he received surgery and can soon return to work.

Meng Sreng shared, “This will help me in the future because I will be able to see to work again and send my grandchildren to school. Thank you to the CSC staff and donors who restored my vision.”

Meng Sreng's surgery was a success! He'll rest for a few days and apply eye drops to continue his healing. As a result of the surgery, Meng...

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October 21, 2021

Meng Sreng is a 60-year-old laborer from Cambodia. He is married and has one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Meng Sreng lives with his wife and their daughter, who both work as garment workers. In his free time, Meng Sreng likes to listen to the news on the radio and watch boxing on TV.

One week ago, Meng Sreng developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him tearing and blurry vision. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Meng Sreng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 21st, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, Meng Sreng will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Meng Sreng shared, “After surgery, I hope my eye can see clearly again so I can go back to work and enjoy time with my family.”

Meng Sreng is a 60-year-old laborer from Cambodia. He is married and has one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Meng Sreng lives with...

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Meng Sreng's Timeline

  • October 21, 2021

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

  • October 21, 2021

    Meng Sreng 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.

  • October 25, 2021

    Meng Sreng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2021

    Meng Sreng's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 31, 2021

    Meng Sreng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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