Duot is a 45-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. From his earnings working at the farm, he supports his wife, son, and daughter.
“One year ago, Duot developed glaucoma in his right eye,” reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve in the eye, worsening over time. It is caused by a high pressure around the nerve and, if untreated, can result in total blindness.
At the moment, Duot’s glaucoma has damaged his vision to the point he can no longer work or go outside alone.
Doctors at CSC can treat Duot’s glaucoma. In an operation called a trabeculectomy, doctors will drain the fluid in the eye that causes the increased pressure that is damaging his optic nerve. “After the operation, Duot’s pain and burning will be relieve,” explains CSC. “The pressure in his eye will be released.”
Duot and his wife travelled for seven hours to reach CSC, but do not have the funds to afford the treatment. For $300, he will be able to receive the operation and cover all the associated costs, including hospital stay and food, pre-and-post operative care, and medicines.
After the surgery, Duot hopes to return to his work at the farm. “I hope my eyes can see better and not hurt any more so I can continue my work at the farm and not worry about becoming blind any more,” he shares.