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Sokhon is a woman from Cambodia who needs $398 to fund cataract surgery.

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October 14, 2018

Sokhon is a farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter. She likes to watch Khmer dramas on TV.

Four months ago, Sokhon developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sokhon learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On October 15, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $398 procedure.

She says, “When I can see better, I look forward to going back to the farm and driving.”

Sokhon is a farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter. She likes to watch Khmer dramas on TV. Four months ago, Sokhon developed a catara...

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Sokhon's Timeline

  • October 14, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sokhon was submitted by Christine Jacobson, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • October 15, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokhon 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.

  • October 19, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokhon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 19, 2018
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Sokhon is currently raising funds for her treatment.

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Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Sokhon's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$230
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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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