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Success! Non from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery so that she can see clearly.

  • $253 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Non's treatment was fully funded on January 30, 2023.
September 5, 2022

Non is a loving 62-year-old grandmother who works as a rice farmer. She has two sons, three daughters, and 13 grandchildren. Since her husband passed away many years ago, Non has lived with her eldest son who also works as a rice farmer. Non likes to play with her grandchildren, and to listen to monks praying on the radio.

Three years ago, Non developed a cataract in her right eye, which has caused tearing, light sensitivity, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is also worried about falling when walking, so is unable to go places on her own.

When Non learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for six and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 5th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and implant a lens in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Non says, “I hope after surgery my vision can improve so I can return to planting rice and recognizing people again.”

Non is a loving 62-year-old grandmother who works as a rice farmer. She has two sons, three daughters, and 13 grandchildren. Since her husba...

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Non's Timeline

  • September 5, 2022

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

  • September 5, 2022

    Non was scheduled to receive 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.

  • September 6, 2022

    Non's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 30, 2023

    Non's treatment was fully funded.


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

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Non'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.