“Phon developed a cataract in each eye three months ago,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us about the 53-year-old man from Cambodia. “This causes him blurred vision, tearing, and discharge.”
Cataracts occur when the eye lens becomes cloudy, making it very difficult to see. If not treated, cataracts can lead to functional blindness over time. Fortunately, a simple and commonly practiced procedure can restore Phon’s vision.
$225 will cover the cost of a phaco procedure and IOL implants for each eye. The procedure involves removing the cloudy lenses and replacing them with clear implants. After surgery, “Phon will be able to see clearly again,” CSC explains.
As a rice farmer and father of five, it’s important to Phon and his wife that he gets his vision back and is able to work again.
“I want to find another job as a motor taxi driver to earn some money to support my family,” Phon tells us of his plans for after surgery.