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Success! Hom from Cambodia raised $229 to fund a cataract surgery.

Hom
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Hom's treatment was fully funded on March 20, 2021.

Photo of Hom post-operation

March 22, 2021

Hom underwent a cataract surgery.

Hom was very pleased with the results of his cataract surgery. Promptly after his surgery, his visual acuity had already improved. He was able to return to his province, where he rested for a few days and used eye drops to aid in healing and prevent infection. Now, he is able to go outside without difficulty and looks forward to resuming a normal life without vision problems.

After the surgery, Hom shared, “I am very happy that I can see better, and will find a job to support my family.”

Hom was very pleased with the results of his cataract surgery. Promptly after his surgery, his visual acuity had already improved. He was ab...

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January 6, 2021

Hom is a 58-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has five sons, one daughter, and three grandchildren. Hom and his wife live with their third son and his wife. In his spare time, Hom enjoys listening to the news and monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Hom developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Hom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On January 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Hom shared, “I hope after surgery I can see well again so I can plant rice and find some work as a laborer to support my family.”

Hom is a 58-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has five sons, one daughter, and three grandchildren. Hom and his wife live with their third s...

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Hom's Timeline

  • January 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Hom was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • January 6, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hom received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. 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.

  • January 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 20, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hom's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hom's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Hom's treatment
Hospital Fees
$48
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • 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.