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July 18, 2017

Slaiman is a 70-year-old man from Cambodia. He is married and has two sons, three daughters, and 15 grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the mosque, meditating, and joining in local ceremonies in his free time.

Two years ago, Slaiman developed a cataract in each eye, which has caused him to experience blurred vision. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, recognize faces, do any kind of work, and go anywhere on his own.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $398 to fund a phaco procedure and an intraocular lens implant for each of Slaiman’s eyes. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 18 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Slaiman’s vision to its former state and allow him to live more comfortably.

Slaiman is a 70-year-old man from Cambodia. He is married and has two sons, three daughters, and 15 grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the mo...

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Slaiman's Timeline

  • July 18, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Slaiman was submitted by Anne McMurrey, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Slaiman received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • August 07, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Slaiman's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 10, 2017
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Slaiman is currently raising funds for his treatment.

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Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Slaiman'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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