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Success! Oeun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund site-restoring cataract treatment.

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Oeun's treatment was fully funded on August 5, 2022.

Photo of Oeun post-operation

August 31, 2022

Oeun underwent sight-restoring cataract treatment.

On the advice of a relative, Oeun traveled with his son to seek help for his blurry vision. When he was able to open his eye the following day after his cataract surgery, he was amazed at how well he could see colors and faces. He will rest for a few days and Oeun’s life will improve because he will be able to help on the farm and support his family by caring for his grandchild. He looks forward to being more independent and visiting the local pagoda and doing much more by himself.

Oeun’s son said: “We are so grateful that my father was able to have this surgery. He feels more useful and will be able to visit the local pagoda and his neighbors. Thank you for helping my father to have this surgery; he feels more useful now that he can see well again.”

On the advice of a relative, Oeun traveled with his son to seek help for his blurry vision. When he was able to open his eye the following d...

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March 22, 2022

Oeun is a 70-year-old widow and retired rice farmer. He shared that his wife passed away several years ago. He used to farm rice, but with his declining vision, he stopped farming. He lives with his son and his family and has one grandchild. At home, he likes to listen to the news and the monks give sermons on the radio.

Almost six years ago, Oeun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia and blurry vision. It is hard for him to help around the house because he often has double vision, and it is difficult to coordinate. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on his own.

When Oeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 22th, doctors will perform a small incision 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 procedure costing $229.

Oeun shared, “I hope after surgery I can see better. I hope to go outside again and take better care of myself and my family.”

Oeun is a 70-year-old widow and retired rice farmer. He shared that his wife passed away several years ago. He used to farm rice, but with h...

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Oeun's Timeline

  • March 22, 2022

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

  • March 22, 2022

    Oeun 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.

  • March 28, 2022

    Oeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 5, 2022

    Oeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 31, 2022

    Oeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Oeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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