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

Thok
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  • $253 raised, $0 to go
$253
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$0
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Fully funded
Thok's treatment was fully funded on August 5, 2022.

Photo of Thok post-operation

September 6, 2022

Thok underwent cataract surgery so she can see clearly again.

Household tasks had become very difficult for Thok, and she was relieved that her eyesight could be improved. After surgery Thok remained at the hospital until surgeons were sure she had no complications, then she returned to her province. Her eye felt a bit dry for the first few days, but her sight has gradually improved. She is thrilled that she can be more independent and not afraid she will fall when she goes outside. This will improve Thok’s life because she will see well enough to help around the house and help her niece.

Thok said: “Thank you. I am so relieved I can see colors again and help my family. I felt useless because it was hard for me to go outside, and I had to stay in the house.”

Household tasks had become very difficult for Thok, and she was relieved that her eyesight could be improved. After surgery Thok remained at...

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May 17, 2022

Thok is a 65-year-old rice farmer with three brothers and three sisters, she is the second eldest in her family. Thok lives with her niece, who is also a farmer. In her free time, Thok likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

One year ago, Thok developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia and blurry vision. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she cannot go places on her own.

When Thok learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 17th, doctors will perform cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $253 to fund this procedure.

Thok says, “After surgery, I hope my eye can see well so I can easily recognize things, take care of myself, and help my niece with our housework.”

Thok is a 65-year-old rice farmer with three brothers and three sisters, she is the second eldest in her family. Thok lives with her niece, ...

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Thok's Timeline

  • May 17, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 17, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thok 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.

  • May 20, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thok's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 5, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thok's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 6, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thok's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Thok's treatment
Hospital Fees
$36
Medical Staff
$174
Medication
$0
Supplies
$43
  • 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.