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Success! Buntha from Cambodia raised $253 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

  • $253 raised, $0 to go
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Buntha's treatment was fully funded on February 10, 2023.

Photo of Buntha post-operation

February 28, 2023

Buntha underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

It was difficult for Buntha to travel to our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre, but it was vital for him to have his eye repaired so he can see to farm his fields. He had successful eye surgery and returned home with antibiotic eye drops to aid in healing and reduce the chance of infection. Improved eyesight is important to Buntha so he can support his family. He can be more independent and won’t have to stay at home.

Buntha shared: “Thank you to the staff and the donors who paid for me to have this surgery. I was grateful to be here. I can see and hope that my life will now be better. I want to be able to work outside and do more to help my wife.”

It was difficult for Buntha to travel to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre, but it was vital for him to have his eye repaired s...

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October 24, 2022

Buntha is a 67-year-old vegetable farmer and vendor from Cambodia. He is married with three sons, three daughters, and two grandchildren. His wife sells their onions and other produce at the local market. At home, Buntha likes to watch the news on TV.

A year ago, Buntha developed a cataract in his left eye, causing photophobia, tearing, and blurry vision. Due to his impaired vision, it is hard for Buntha to drive his tractor to get his onions to the market. He also has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he cannot go places on his own.

When Buntha learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 24th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $253 to fund this procedure.

Buntha said, “After surgery, I hope I will see better, so I can sell my vegetables and drive my tractor safely. It is hard on my wife when I am not able to help her at the market.”

Buntha is a 67-year-old vegetable farmer and vendor from Cambodia. He is married with three sons, three daughters, and two grandchildren. Hi...

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Buntha's Timeline

  • October 24, 2022

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

  • October 24, 2022

    Buntha 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.

  • October 24, 2022

    Buntha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 10, 2023

    Buntha's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 28, 2023

    Buntha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Buntha'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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