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Success! Som Art from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Som Art
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Som Art's treatment was fully funded on March 9, 2021.

Photo of Som Art post-operation

March 12, 2021

Som Art underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Som Art had a successful surgery by a specialty eye physician at our medical partner CSC. After a post-op period of observation, she was able to return home with instructions to place eye drops in her affected eye 8 times a day. Her eye was a bit sore for a few days, but her visual acuity improved almost immediately, and she is able to see more clearly after her surgery. Som Art is thankful she can return to farming and care for her family, especially her six grandchildren.

She said, “I can already see better! I can go outside again to plant rice, see my relatives, and help my family to take care of my 6 grandchildren.”

Som Art had a successful surgery by a specialty eye physician at our medical partner CSC. After a post-op period of observation, she was abl...

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December 24, 2020

Som Art is a 48-year-old rice farmer and her husband is a teacher. Together that have a daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren. Som Art enjoys listening to the news on the radio and watching Khmer movies on TV.

One year ago, Som Art developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly and being independent.

When Som Art learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours with her husband seeking treatment. On December 23rd, 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 and continue with her full life. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Som Art said, “I hope after surgery I can see well again so I can plant rice and do housework without any problems.”

Som Art is a 48-year-old rice farmer and her husband is a teacher. Together that have a daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren. Som Art e...

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Som Art's Timeline

  • December 23, 2020

    Som Art 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.

  • December 24, 2020

    Som Art was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • December 26, 2020

    Som Art's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 9, 2021

    Som Art's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 12, 2021

    Som Art's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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