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Success! Hoeun from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract treatment.

  • $292 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Hoeun's treatment was fully funded on May 23, 2017.

Photo of Hoeun post-operation

March 7, 2017

Hoeun underwent successful cataract treatment.

Hoeun’s eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection.

Hoeun says, “I feel happy that I can see clearly. I can help my daughter do housework and take care of my grandchildren. I can also go places with other villagers easily.”

Hoeun's eye cataract was successfully removed from her right eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, she was given...

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February 2, 2017

Hoeun is 75 years old and married with two sons, two daughters, and thirteen grandchildren. She likes to go to the pagoda to listen to monks pray.

One year ago, Hoeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing her vision loss, cloudy lenses, and extreme sensitivity to light. It is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, and go anywhere on her own.

Hoeun knew about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), because her neighbor had surgery there before. She traveled for three hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment. She will be receiving treatment on February 3. After a small incision cataract surgery and intraocular lens implant in each eye, Hoeun will be able to see clearly again. However, her family cannot afford the treatment, so CSC is requesting $292 to help fund her procedure.

Hoeun says, “I hope to be able to see more clearly than now so that I can help my daughter cook, clean, and take care of my grandchildren. I want to go to the pagoda easily and join ceremonies by myself.”

Hoeun is 75 years old and married with two sons, two daughters, and thirteen grandchildren. She likes to go to the pagoda to listen to monks...

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Hoeun's Timeline

  • February 2, 2017

    Hoeun was submitted by Evalynn Romano, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 03, 2017

    Hoeun received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • February 03, 2017

    Hoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 07, 2017

    Hoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 23, 2017

    Hoeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Hoeun'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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