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Lun is a grandfather from Cambodia who needs $292 to fund cataract repair.

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January 17, 2017

Lun is an 82-year-old man from Cambodia. He is married and has four children and eight grandchildren. He likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio, read books on Buddhism, and meditate at the pagoda.

Recently, Lun developed cataracts in both eyes, causing blurred vision, tearing, cloudy lenses, and photophobia, an extreme sensitivity to light. He now has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing the faces of family and friends, and reading. He has also been unable to perform work around the house or go outside by himself.

Lun heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, from a neighbor in his village who had surgery there before. Lun traveled with his grandson, reaching the center in hopes of receiving treatment.

“I hope my eyes can see everything more clearly than now,” Lun says, “so that I can recognize the faces of everyone, read, and do any kind of work easily.”

Lun is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery on January 17. Our medical partner is requesting $292 to cover the cost of the operation, lens implants for each eye, and medication. After surgery, Lun will be able to see clearly again.

Lun is an 82-year-old man from Cambodia. He is married and has four children and eight grandchildren. He likes to listen to the monks pray o...

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Lun's Timeline

  • January 17, 2017

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

  • January 17, 2017

    Lun received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • January 18, 2017

    Lun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 01, 2017

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


    Lun is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $292 for Lun'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.