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Success! Lun from Cambodia raised $425 to fund cataract surgery on both of her eyes.

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Lun's treatment was fully funded on August 3, 2020.

Photo of Lun post-operation

July 9, 2020

Lun underwent cataract surgery on both of her eyes.

Lun’s cataract surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled to check her visual acuity. Once she recovers she will have much improved vision and will enjoy increased independence in her daily activities.

Lun shared, “I don’t feel any pain in my eye anymore, and my vision is already much better. I can work around the house now, and use my energy to play with my grandchildren and keep them safe. Thank you to the Children’s Surgical Centre doctors.”

Lun's cataract surgery was successful. She has been discharged with eye drops and a one-week followup appointment has been scheduled to chec...

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June 3, 2020

Lun is a 65-year-old rice and vegetable farmer from Cambodia. She has five children and ten grandchildren. Her husband recently passed away, so she is living with her daughter. In addition to her work, she takes care of her grandchildren and does housework. In her free time, she teaches her grandchildren and listens to prayers on the radio.

Two years ago, Lun developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Lun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours by taxi seeking treatment. On June 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure.

Lun said, “I want to see enough that I can go outside by myself and recognize where my grandchildren are playing. I hope that I can also go back to working and helping my daughter in the house. Someday I will go to join a ceremony at a far-away pagoda too.”

Lun is a 65-year-old rice and vegetable farmer from Cambodia. She has five children and ten grandchildren. Her husband recently passed away,...

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Lun's Timeline

  • June 3, 2020

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

  • June 3, 2020

    Lun 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 4, 2020

    Lun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 9, 2020

    Lun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 3, 2020

    Lun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $425 for Lun'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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57% funded

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