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Chantha is a 65-year-old food seller from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund cataract surgery so he can return to work.

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May 24, 2021

Chantha is a 65-year-old food seller at a school. He has three daughters and five grandchildren. Chantha lives with his wife and their youngest daughter. These days, Chantha does not go to the school with his wife to sell food because of his poor vision. He stays at home and watches his grandchildren. Chantha enjoys watching the news and Khmer boxing on TV and listening to the monks pray on the radio.

Five years ago, Chantha developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him sensitivity to light, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Chantha learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On May 24th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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.

Chantha shared, “I hope after surgery my eye can see ok again so I can help my wife sell food at the school again.”

Chantha is a 65-year-old food seller at a school. He has three daughters and five grandchildren. Chantha lives with his wife and their young...

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Chantha's Timeline

  • May 24, 2021

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

  • May 24, 2021

    Chantha 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.

  • May 25, 2021

    Chantha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 9, 2021

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


    Chantha is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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