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Oeung is a grandfather from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund cataract surgery.

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May 15, 2020

Oeung is a 73-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Oeung has two daughters, five sons, and fifteen grandchildren. Oeung spends his time planting vegetables and listening to the news and monks praying on the radio. He loves to play and talk with his grandchildren.

One year ago, Oeung developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, photophobia, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Oeung learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 15th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

His daughter said, “He is so busy at home everyday, when he cannot see clearly like this it makes me unhappy and I worry about him so much. I hope my father will get to see better after surgery so he can continue his work at home and play with all of his grandchildren again.”

Oeung is a 73-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Oeung has two daughters, five sons, and fifteen grandchildren. Oeung spends his time plant...

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Oeung's Timeline

  • May 15, 2020

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

  • May 15, 2020

    Oeung 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.

  • May 18, 2020

    Oeung's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Oeung is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Oeung'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 Oeung'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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