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Success! Sok from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery so he can work again.

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Sok's treatment was fully funded on July 13, 2021.

Photo of Sok post-operation

July 1, 2021

Sok underwent cataract surgery so he can work again.

Sok had a successful surgery to remove his cataract. He will use eye drops for a week to aid the healing of his eye. With improved eyesight, Sok can look for work again as a motor-taxi driver to help support his family. As a dad, Sok is especially thrilled to be able to clearly see his children’s faces again.

His wife appreciates the support, “I am so happy Sok can see well again. He will be more independent and able to do things by himself after this surgery. Thank you to the strangers who helped my husband.”

Sok had a successful surgery to remove his cataract. He will use eye drops for a week to aid the healing of his eye. With improved eyesight,...

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May 17, 2021

Sok is a 43-year-old taxi driver who is married with a son and a daughter. Both of his children are in elementary school. His wife sells food at the local market. Sok has not been able to work for more than a year, so lately he has enjoyed growing vegetables that his wife can sell, listening to the radio, and walking with his children to school.

Four years ago, Sok developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him irritation, sensitivity to light, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sok learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his wife seeking treatment. On May 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and 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.

Sok shared, “I will be so happy to be able to drive my motorbike and work again. I hope that I can make my family happy and support them well.”

Sok is a 43-year-old taxi driver who is married with a son and a daughter. Both of his children are in elementary school. His wife sells foo...

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Sok's Timeline

  • May 17, 2021

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

  • May 17, 2021

    Sok 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 17, 2021

    Sok's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 1, 2021

    Sok's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 13, 2021

    Sok's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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