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Success! Choeun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

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Choeun's treatment was fully funded on February 19, 2021.

Photo of Choeun post-operation

February 22, 2021

Choeun underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

After traveling four hours to our Medical Partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), Choeun had her cataract removed by CSC surgeons. Before her surgery, Choeun was unable to see from her left eye, go outside, or care for her grandchildren because of her blurred vision. After surgery, she used eye drops for a week to prevent infection and inflammation, and now she is able to see much more clearly. She can now easily recognize her family and be more independent. Choeun shared, “I can see better and I feel happy about that! I can go outside and recognize something now. I can take better care of myself and join a ceremony at the pagoda soon.”

After traveling four hours to our Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Choeun had her cataract removed by CSC surgeons. Before ...

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November 16, 2020

Choeun is a 72-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has three daughters and 20 grandchildren, and lives with her eldest daughter. Choeun’s husband passed away in a landmine accident 20 years ago.

One year ago, Choeun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, dryness, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Choeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On November 16th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Choeun shared. “I hope I can see well and I can take care of myself and my grandchildren.”

Choeun is a 72-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has three daughters and 20 grandchildren, and lives with her eldest daughter. Choeun's hus...

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Choeun's Timeline

  • November 16, 2020

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

  • November 16, 2020

    Choeun received 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.

  • November 18, 2020

    Choeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 19, 2021

    Choeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 22, 2021

    Choeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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