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.