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Sovannarith is a grandfather from Cambodia who needs $211 to fund eye surgery.

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July 18, 2017

Sovannarith is 50 years old and has four sons, two daughters, and one grandchild. He likes to play ping pong in his free time.

About one year ago, Sovannarith developed a cataract in his right eye, whitening his lens and causing partial blindness. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, recognize faces, work, or go anywhere on his own.

Sovannarith knew of our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), because his friend had surgery there before. He traveled one hour with his daughter to reach CSC for treatment.

On July 18, Sovannarith will undergo small incision cataract surgery, in which doctors will replace his natural, cataract-clouded lens with a synthetic lens, allowing him to see clearly again. Watsi is asking for $211 to fund the operation. Your donation will help pay for eye surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, surgical supplies, and two nights of hospital stay.

Sovannarith is 50 years old and has four sons, two daughters, and one grandchild. He likes to play ping pong in his free time. About one ...

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Sovannarith's Timeline

  • July 18, 2017

    Sovannarith was submitted by Anne McMurrey, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 18, 2017

    Sovannarith received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • August 09, 2017

    Sovannarith's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 10, 2017

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


    Sovannarith is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $211 for Sovannarith'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.