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Success! Saram from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

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Saram's treatment was fully funded on January 14, 2021.

Photo of Saram post-operation

October 26, 2020

Saram underwent cataract surgery.

Saram’s surgery was successful. He has now been discharged with eye-drop medication and a one-week follow up appointment has been scheduled for an eye exam. Once he has fully recovered, he will have improved visual acuity and is eager to enjoy increased independence in his daily activities.

Saram shared, “I am glad that I can see everything with my new eyesight. I can go to work, drive my car to work, and enjoy travel.”

Saram's surgery was successful. He has now been discharged with eye-drop medication and a one-week follow up appointment has been scheduled ...

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September 25, 2020

Saram is a 51-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He lives with his wife and two sons. He also has one young grandchild. His wife makes traditional Khmer desserts and sells them out of their home. While he is working, he loves to listen to the news radio on his phone, and in his free time he helps to teach and look after his grandchild.

Two years ago, Saram developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, irritation, and photophobia. These symptoms have worsened in the past two months. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Saram learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On September 24th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Saram said, “With my bad eyesight, I can’t drive my motorcycle or work on my farm very well anymore. I hope that my eyesight improves so much that I can keep working on my farm as long as I want.”

Saram is a 51-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He lives with his wife and two sons. He also has one young grandchild. His wife makes trad...

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Saram's Timeline

  • September 24, 2020

    Saram 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.

  • September 25, 2020

    Saram was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • September 27, 2020

    Saram's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 26, 2020

    Saram's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 14, 2021

    Saram's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

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