Meet Lam, a 67-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Lam is married with one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to monks pray,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC).
Two years ago, Lam developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. “This causes her blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for her to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside,” CSC explains.
After learning about CSC, Lam and her daughter travelled two hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Lam’s sight.
With $225, Lam will undergo cataract surgery, during which her old lenses will be removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants, allowing her to see again immediately after her operation.