After developing a cataract in her left eye one year ago, 62-year-old Sas is facing the everyday effects of impaired vision. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), explains that the grandmother experiences blurred vision, burning, and tearing.
Cataracts are common among older patients and occur when a semi-opaque layer develops over the eye lens. Over time, the condition persists and can lead to partial and eventually total blindness.
“In her free time, Sas does house work and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on TV,” CSC states. However, the mother of three and grandmother of seven says, “I can’t see everything clearly, do any work well, or go anywhere outside.” Hopeful for treatment, Sas traveled three hours to reach CSC’s clinic.
For $150, Sas can receive surgery to completely restore her vision. During this procedure, doctors will make a small incision in each eye to replace the old lens with a clear implant. In addition to regaining her vision within just a day of her surgery, Sas will also be able to enjoy greater independence.
Restored sight will improve Sas’ overall quality of life. She shares that she hopes to be able to visit one her children in Malaysia, adding, “I hope my eye can see everything [clearer] than now so I can [easily] do any work and go anywhere outside by myself.”