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Success! Phin from Cambodia raised $225 for vision-restoring cataract surgery.

  • $225 raised, $0 to go
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Phin's treatment was fully funded on April 6, 2016.

Photo of Phin post-operation

April 29, 2016

Phin received vision-restoring cataract surgery.

“Phin’s surgeries went well. He can see everything clearly now,” reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Two years ago, Phin developed cataracts in both of his eyes, which made it difficult for him to complete tasks, like walking by himself or working. Now that his vision has been restored, Phin is looking forward to spending time with his 10 grandchildren and going to the pagoda to listen to the monks pray.

“I am thankful to everyone at CSC that helped with my husband’s surgery,” Phin’s wife shared.

"Phin's surgeries went well. He can see everything clearly now," reports our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Two years ag...

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February 29, 2016

Meet 77-year-old Phin from Cambodia. Phin is married with five sons, three daughters, and 10 grandchildren. In his free time he enjoys going to the pagoda and listening to the monks pray. Two years ago, Phin developed cataracts in both eyes.

“Phin’s cataracts cause him blurred vision and tearing,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “He can’t see clearly, do work well, or go anywhere outside by himself.”

For $225, CSC doctors will remove the cloudy lenses from Phin’s eyes and replace them with clear implants. The procedure takes less than an hour and will restore Phin’s vision within one day.

“I hope I will be able to see clearly so I can go places by myself without disturbing my family,” says Phin.

Meet 77-year-old Phin from Cambodia. Phin is married with five sons, three daughters, and 10 grandchildren. In his free time he enjoys going...

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Phin's Timeline

  • February 29, 2016

    Phin was submitted by Hannah Callas, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 29, 2016

    Phin 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.

  • March 18, 2016

    Phin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 6, 2016

    Phin's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 29, 2016

    Phin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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