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June 30, 2017

Ros is a 67-year-old rice farmer who is married and has three sons, three daughters, and 15 grandchildren. In his free time, he likes to watch the news on TV, go to the pagoda to listen to monks pray, and participate in ceremonies.

About two years ago, Ros developed a cataract in each eye, which has caused him to experience blurred vision, extreme sensitivity to light, and cloudy lenses. As a result, it is difficult for him to see things and people clearly, work, drive his motorbike, and go anywhere on his own.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $398 to fund a phaco procedure and an intraocular lens implant for each of Ros’s eyes. The surgery is scheduled to take place on June 30 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Ros’s vision to its former state and allow him to live more comfortably.

Ros is a 67-year-old rice farmer who is married and has three sons, three daughters, and 15 grandchildren. In his free time, he likes to wat...

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Ros's Timeline

  • June 30, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ros was submitted by Evalynn Romano, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • June 30, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ros received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • July 11, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ros's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 28, 2017
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Ros is currently raising funds for his treatment.

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Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Ros's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$230
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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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