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Success! Sreng from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to improve her vision.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Sreng's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2021.

Photo of Sreng post-operation

December 31, 2021

Sreng underwent cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Our medical partner shared that Sreng’s surgery went well! Although she was nervous about traveling so far from her village, the staff at Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) put her at ease. The procedure went well, and she returned home the following day with eye drops to continue her healing. Sreng is relieved her vision has improved and that she can go outside again and be independent as a result.

Sreng shared, “I am happy I can see well again. I can do housework and help my son and grandchildren. Thank you to everyone who helps Cambodians like me to see and have a better life.”

Our medical partner shared that Sreng's surgery went well! Although she was nervous about traveling so far from her village, the staff at Ch...

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October 21, 2021

Sreng is a 70-year-old mother and grandmother. Sadly, Sreng’s husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. She has one son, who works as a farmer, and two grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys listening to the monks pray.

Two years ago, Sreng developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sreng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 21st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sreng shared, “I hope my eye can see well again so I can visit the pagoda by myself and get around easily.”

Sreng is a 70-year-old mother and grandmother. Sadly, Sreng's husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. She has one son, who w...

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Sreng's Timeline

  • October 21, 2021

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

  • October 21, 2021

    Sreng 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 25, 2021

    Sreng's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2021

    Sreng's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 31, 2021

    Sreng's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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