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Success! Sophen from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Sophen's treatment was fully funded on July 5, 2020.
June 27, 2020

Sophen is a 28-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He lives with his wife and three children in Rattanakiri province. All of his children are primary school students. When he is not working or taking care of his children, Sophen loves to play in intense volleyball games with his neighbors.

Two weeks ago, Sophen developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him partial blindness, severe pain, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sophen learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for 8 hours by taxi to seek treatment. On June 25, doctors will perform an intra-capsular cataract extraction and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs your help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sophen shared “I hope my eye surgery is successful and that I can recover quickly, so that my crops can be well taken care of, and I can play more volleyball.”

His wife also shared, “I am worried that he will have blindness for a long time, so I hope this surgery quickly fixes his eye.”

Sophen is a 28-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He lives with his wife and three children in Rattanakiri province. All of his children are pri...

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Sophen's Timeline

  • June 25, 2020

    Sophen was scheduled to receive 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.

  • June 27, 2020

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

  • June 29, 2020

    Sophen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 05, 2020

    Sophen's treatment was fully funded.


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

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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