Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! Phon from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

  • $225 raised, $0 to go
to go
Fully funded
Phon's treatment was fully funded on March 20, 2016.

Photo of Phon post-operation

April 5, 2016

Phon received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

Phon underwent cataract surgery - a short procedure that took only about 40 minutes. The surgery went well and he can see everything clearer than before. He has been sent home with eye drops to apply eight times a day to prevent infection, and ensure a successful recovery.

With restored vision, Phon looks forward to going outside easily and earning money to support his family.

Phon underwent cataract surgery - a short procedure that took only about 40 minutes. The surgery went well and he can see everything clearer...

Read more
February 17, 2016

“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.

"Phon developed a cataract in each eye three months ago," our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us about the 53-year-...

Read more

Phon's Timeline

  • February 17, 2016

    Phon was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • February 17, 2016

    Phon 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.

  • March 15, 2016

    Phon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 20, 2016

    Phon's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 05, 2016

    Phon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.