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Success! Sok Khorn from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly again.

Sok Khorn
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
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$0
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Fully funded
Sok Khorn's treatment was fully funded on October 30, 2022.

Photo of Sok Khorn post-operation

November 14, 2022

Sok Khorn underwent cataract surgery so she can see clearly again.

On the advice of a neighbor, Sok Khorn traveled with her daughter to seek help for her blurry vision. When she was able to open her eye the following day, she was amazed at how well she could see colors and faces again. She will rest for a few days before returning home, and apply prescription eye drops to aid in healing. Sok Korn’s life will improve because she will be able to help on the farm and support her family by watching the grandchildren and making sure they go to school.

Sok Khorn’s daughter shared, “We are so grateful that my mother was able to have this surgery. She feels more useful and will be able to visit the local pagoda and her neighbors. Thank you for contributing for my mother to have this surgery; she is more independent now that she can see well again.”

On the advice of a neighbor, Sok Khorn traveled with her daughter to seek help for her blurry vision. When she was able to open her eye the ...

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May 13, 2022

Sok Khorn is a 73-year-old widow with three sons, four daughters, and many grandchildren. Her husband passed away during the Khmer Rouge era, so she lives with her oldest daughter who is a farmer. She helps with cooking for the family, caring for her grandchildren, and likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Three years ago, Sok Khorn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia and blurry vision. Doing household tasks has become frustrating for Sok Khorn and she feels like there is a film covering her eye.

When Sok Khorn learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 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 again. Now, she needs your help to fund this $253 procedure.

She says “I hope after surgery I can be more independent, and help my daughter with the house and my grandchildren.”

Sok Khorn is a 73-year-old widow with three sons, four daughters, and many grandchildren. Her husband passed away during the Khmer Rouge era...

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Sok Khorn's Timeline

  • May 13, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 13, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sok Khorn 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, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sok Khorn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 30, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sok Khorn's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 14, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sok Khorn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Sok Khorn's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.