Cataracts, or the clouding of the eye’s lens, can develop naturally as a person ages. However, at 39 years old, Sokhon is unusually young to have cataracts; most patients with the disorder are over 55.
Sokhon, a native of Cambodia, has been living with a cataract in each eye for three months now. The two cataracts make Sokhon’s vision blurry, which has major repercussions for her daily life. Without being able to see clearly, Sokhon has trouble doing her work as a rice farmer, and she can’t travel far from her house on her own. She has also been experiencing headaches due to the cataracts.
It is important that Sokhon regain her ability to work soon: she and her husband have three daughters to support. Fortunately, there is a two-step surgical procedure that can make that a reality. Doctors will first remove the cataracts from each of her eyes. Then, they will replace the clouded lenses with functioning artificial lenses.
For $292, we can sponsor this surgery, as well as the hospital stay and medications that Sokhon will need to recover from it.
After her procedure, Sokhon will be able to see clearly again. Let’s make sure this young mother can return to work—and to spending pain-free time with her daughters—as soon as possible.