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Success! Seak Veng from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Seak Veng
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Seak Veng's treatment was fully funded on September 11, 2021.

Photo of Seak Veng post-operation

August 3, 2021

Seak Veng underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Veng shared that she felt a little nervous to travel so far to have this surgery and it was hard for her to admit she could no longer see, and ask for help, but knowing that she might not see her children and grandchildren grow up, she made up her mind to have the surgery. Veng is thrilled with the results, and no longer feeling ashamed that she cannot see. She is eager to help on their family rice farm.

Her daughter said: “I feel happy that my mother’s eye is better. She can take care of herself, be more independent and she can help me take care of the grandchildren, which is a big help.”

Veng shared that she felt a little nervous to travel so far to have this surgery and it was hard for her to admit she could no longer see, a...

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June 21, 2021

Seak Veng is a 68-year-old mother of eight with three daughters, five sons, and 10 grandchildren. She lives with her youngest daughter who is a teacher. At home, Seak Veng enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Four years ago, Seak Veng developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her sensitivity to light, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Seak Veng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On June 21st, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Seak Veng shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly so I can help my daughter to cook and do housework and take care of my grandchildren. Also I want to join ceremonies at the far pagoda.”

Seak Veng is a 68-year-old mother of eight with three daughters, five sons, and 10 grandchildren. She lives with her youngest daughter who i...

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Seak Veng's Timeline

  • June 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 21, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Seak Veng 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.

  • June 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Seak Veng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 3, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Seak Veng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Seak Veng's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Seak Veng's treatment
Hospital Fees
$48
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • 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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