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Success! Bin from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Bin's treatment was fully funded on December 7, 2020.

Photo of Bin post-operation

June 18, 2020

Bin underwent cataract surgery.

Bin’s surgery was successful! His doctors removed the cataract in his right eye that was causing him blurry vision and making it difficult for him to walk. He can now see clearly and go anywhere outside. He will also be able to grow his vegetables and sell them at the market. Once he is fully recovered, his quality of life will improve significantly.

“I feel glad that I am able to see everything better. I can now recognize the faces of my children and have started to plant vegetables in my farm again,” Bin shared.

Bin’s son also told Watsi, “I feel very happy that my father’s eye is well. He can now see and I hope he can carry on with his farming soon.”

Bin's surgery was successful! His doctors removed the cataract in his right eye that was causing him blurry vision and making it difficult f...

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April 22, 2020

Bin is a 50-year-old retired solider from Cambodia. He has two sons, three daughters, and four grandchildren. He grows his own vegetables at home and sells some to the local market. He enjoys to listen to news on the radio.

One year ago, Bin developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him loss of vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Bin learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for seven hours seeking treatment. On April 22th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

“I hope that my father is able to see everything well, so he can continue his vegetable farming again.” Bin’s son said.

Bin is a 50-year-old retired solider from Cambodia. He has two sons, three daughters, and four grandchildren. He grows his own vegetables at...

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Bin's Timeline

  • April 22, 2020

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

  • April 22, 2020

    Bin 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.

  • April 23, 2020

    Bin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 18, 2020

    Bin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 7, 2020

    Bin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

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