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Then is a 49-year-old woman from Cambodia who needs $253 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

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June 6, 2022

Then is a 49-year-old widow with one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. Then lives with her oldest daughter, who, unfortunately, just lost her job in a garment factory. Then’s family has a small rice farm that she manages with her other children to support their family. In her free time, Then likes to teach her grandchildren.

One year ago, Then developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, sensitivity to light and poor night vision. Then has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own.

When Then learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 6th, doctors will perform cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is helping raise $253 to fund this life altering procedure.

Then shared, “I hope after surgery I can see better to work. I want to be able to work outside and care for my grandchildren.”

Then is a 49-year-old widow with one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. Then lives with her oldest daughter, who, unfortunately, j...

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Then's Timeline

  • June 6, 2022

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

  • June 6, 2022

    Then was scheduled to receive 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 9, 2022

    Then's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Then is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Then's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.

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Funded by 1 donor

Cataract - One Eye
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Then's treatment
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  • 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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