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Success! Sron from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to improve her vision.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Sron's treatment was fully funded on March 16, 2022.

Photo of Sron post-operation

April 1, 2022

Sron underwent successful cataract surgery to restore her vision.

Sron’s surgery was a success! She underwent cataract surgery at Children’s Surgical Centre’s care center. After surgeons determined she was stable, she was able to return to her village with prescription eye drops to use in the affected eye. When her eye patch was removed, she was thrilled with the results! She can see colors, recognize faces, and walk without the aid of a cane. She looks forward to going to her village pagoda and visiting with her family.

Sron’s sister shared, “we are relieved that Sron’s vision is better. She was not able to do anything at home, but now she can help around the house, and help care for the young children. Thank you for making her life better.”

Sron's surgery was a success! She underwent cataract surgery at Children's Surgical Centre's care center. After surgeons determined she was ...

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December 8, 2021

Sron is a 69-year-old retired farmer. She’s single and has three siblings who also live in her village. She lives with her younger sister, who also works as a farmer. Because she is older, she no longer goes to the rice field, and instead likes to stay home and listen to the radio.

Three years ago, Sron developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her tearing and blurry vision, and making it difficult for her to go out in the sunlight or in the evening. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sron learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On December 9th, doctors will perform 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.

Sron shared, “I hope I can see better. I want to be able to walk without falling and help to take care of my grandchildren.”

Sron is a 69-year-old retired farmer. She's single and has three siblings who also live in her village. She lives with her younger sister, w...

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Sron's Timeline

  • December 8, 2021

    Sron was submitted by Ellen Interlandi, Volunteer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • December 9, 2021

    Sron 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.

  • December 13, 2021

    Sron's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 16, 2022

    Sron's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 1, 2022

    Sron's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sron'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.