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Success! Oun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a small incision cataract surgery.

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Oun's treatment was fully funded on October 16, 2021.

Photo of Oun post-operation

October 21, 2021

Oun underwent a small incision cataract surgery.

Oun had successful cataract removal and has now returned to her province along with her niece. Oun’s life will improve significantly with better vision. She can be more independent, go outside, and see her grandchildren’s faces once again.

Oun said: “I thought my life would be over because I could not see anymore. This operation has made me so happy again. Thank you to those who helped me enjoy my life again.”

Oun had successful cataract removal and has now returned to her province along with her niece. Oun's life will improve significantly with be...

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September 13, 2021

Oun is an elderly widow. She shared with us that her husband, unfortunately, passed away ten years ago so she lives with her rice farming niece and several grandchildren. She is also the proud mother of a son who works in Thailand. She cannot work due to her age and poor vision, thus she stays home and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Oun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and difficulty seeing well in low light. It is also difficult for her to see things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Oun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 13th, 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.

Oun optimistically says, “I hope my eye can see clearly after surgery. I can see my grandchildren’s faces clearly and can visit our pagoda in town.”

Oun is an elderly widow. She shared with us that her husband, unfortunately, passed away ten years ago so she lives with her rice farming ni...

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Oun's Timeline

  • September 13, 2021

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

  • September 13, 2021

    Oun 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.

  • September 14, 2021

    Oun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 16, 2021

    Oun's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 21, 2021

    Oun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Oun's treatment
Hospital Fees
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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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