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Sarat is a loving grandmother from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund eye surgery so she can see clearly again.

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August 9, 2021

Sarat is a 61-year-old rice farmer with two daughters, four sons, and 10 grandchildren. Sarat lives with her youngest son who is a garment worker. Sarat’s husband passed away five years ago from lung cancer. Now, she stays at home and helps her son with cooking and caring for her grandchildren. Sarat likes to listen to the monks on the radio.

Four years ago, Sarat developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia (sensitivity to light), and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sarat learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours hours to seek treatment. On August 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. However, Sarat needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sarat said, “I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly so I can recognize people, go outside on my own, and take good care of my grandchildren.”

Sarat is a 61-year-old rice farmer with two daughters, four sons, and 10 grandchildren. Sarat lives with her youngest son who is a garment w...

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Sarat's Timeline

  • August 9, 2021

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

  • August 9, 2021

    Sarat 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.

  • August 10, 2021

    Sarat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 13, 2021

    Awaiting Sarat's treatment update from Children's Surgical Centre.


    Sarat is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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