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Sas is is a 67-year-old cashew farmer from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund cataract surgery.

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May 18, 2021

Sas is a 67-year-old cashew farmer with one daughter, two sons, and one grandchild. Sas and her husband live with their eldest son who is also a cashew farmer. In her free time, Sas enjoys visiting the mosque and watching Khmer and Thai dramas on TV.

Six years ago, Sas developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her impaired vision and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sas learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her son seeking treatment. On May 18th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sas shared, “I hope I can see better so I can cook well and take care of myself and my husband. I also want to plant some vegetables and raise cows and chickens.”

Sas is a 67-year-old cashew farmer with one daughter, two sons, and one grandchild. Sas and her husband live with their eldest son who is al...

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Sas's Timeline

  • May 18, 2021

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

  • May 18, 2021

    Sas 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.

  • May 19, 2021

    Sas's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 1, 2021

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


    Sas is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sas'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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