Sok is a 63-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is a father of five and grandfather of three, and enjoys going to the pagoda to serve the monks in his free time.
“One year ago, Sok developed a cataract in his right eye,” says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “This causes him blurred vision and minor pain.”
A cataract occurs when the eye lens becomes covered by a cloudy layer. This can cause functional blindness, where the patient can only see blurred finger or hand motions.
Due to this condition, Sok’s daily activities, including time spent with his family, have become increasingly difficult. “I can’t see everything clearly and it is hard to do my work on the farm,” Sok tells us. “It is difficult to see faces of people.”
After learning about CSC, Sok travelled four hours from his home to receive proper treatment.
For $150, Sok will undergo cataract surgery. Doctors at CSC will remove the cloudy lens in Sok’s right eye and replace it with a clear lens implant.
Within one day of his operation, Sok will be able to see clearly again.