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Eng is a 76-year-old grandmother from Cambodia who needs $292 to fund cataract removal surgery.

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March 20, 2017

Meet Eng, a 76-year-old mother to three daughters and grandmother to four grandchildren. She likes to garden and plant flowers in her spare time.

Two years ago, Eng developed a cataract in both eyes. It is difficult for Eng to see things clearly, do work, or go anywhere on her own. Eng is worried about going blind in the future.

Eng traveled for two hours with her daughter to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, for treatment. On March 20, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation to remove Eng’s cataracts.

With $292, we can help Eng to see clearly again!

Meet Eng, a 76-year-old mother to three daughters and grandmother to four grandchildren. She likes to garden and plant flowers in her spare ...

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Eng's Timeline

  • March 20, 2017

    Eng was submitted by Evalynn Romano, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • March 20, 2017

    Eng received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • March 21, 2017

    Eng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 10, 2017

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


    Eng is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Eng'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.