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Success! Oeurn from Cambodia raised $292 to fund cataract surgery.

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Oeurn's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Oeurn post-operation

June 2, 2017

Oeurn underwent cataract surgery.

His eye cataract was successfully removed from his left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. He will return soon for the same surgery on his right eye.

Oeurn says, “I feel very happy that I can see well again. I can see everyone clearly and go to the pagoda by myself easily. I can go anywhere by myself.”

His eye cataract was successfully removed from his left eye, and clear vision has been restored. Following the operation, he was given eye d...

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May 16, 2017

Oeurn is a 67-year-old married man from Cambodia who has five sons, three daughters, and 18 grandchildren. He likes to listen to the news and to the monks praying on the radio.

Seven months ago, Oeurn developed a cataract in each eye, causing him to experience blurred vision and tearing. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, recognize faces, and go anywhere outside on his own.

The cataracts that Oeurn has are the result of age-related changes in the lenses of his eyes. The lenses, which focus light, have become opaque, or cloudy. This leads to blurry or dull vision and increased nearsightedness, making it difficult to perform daily activities. Cataract formation typically occurs in both eyes, as Oeurn is experiencing.

Oeurn learned about Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from his neighbor. Oeurn and his daughter traveled for three hours reach the hospital for evaluation and treatment by CSC eye doctors.

CSC requests $292 to remove the cloudy lenses from Oeurn’s eyes and replace them with artificial ones. Funding for Oeurn also pays for four nights in the hospital, eye ointments, pain medicine, antibiotics, and physician consultations.

Oeurn’s surgery is scheduled for May 16, after which he will be able to see clearly again.

Oeurn is a 67-year-old married man from Cambodia who has five sons, three daughters, and 18 grandchildren. He likes to listen to the news an...

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Oeurn's Timeline

  • May 16, 2017

    Oeurn was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • May 16, 2017

    Oeurn 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.

  • May 26, 2017

    Oeurn's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 02, 2017

    Oeurn's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017

    Oeurn's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Oeurn'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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