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Success! Phoeun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery.

  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Phoeun's treatment was fully funded on August 10, 2021.

Photo of Phoeun post-operation

June 24, 2021

Phoeun underwent cataract surgery.

Phoeun will no longer suffer from impaired vision after his surgery. For a short while, he’ll rest and apply antibiotic eye drops multiple times per day to prevent infection. Phoeun will now be able to walk outside in the sun, which allows him to tend to his garden and care for his many grandchildren. Phoeun also looks forward to visiting the pagoda by himself.

His wife is overjoyed, “I’m happy my husband can see well again; he can work around the house, and take the grandchildren outside. I don’t have to worry about him anymore.”

Phoeun will no longer suffer from impaired vision after his surgery. For a short while, he'll rest and apply antibiotic eye drops multiple t...

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May 14, 2021

Phoeun is a 61-year-old farmer with two daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. He and his wife live near one of his sons. He has not been able to work consistently for a few years, but he has enjoyed taking care of his grandchildren, tending to his vegetable garden, and listening to the radio.

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

When Phoeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On May 14th, 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.

Phoeun shared, “I hope that after surgery I will see well again. I want to take my grandchildren on walks and go back to work in the fields. I also want to be able to visit some pagodas by myself.”

Phoeun is a 61-year-old farmer with two daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. He and his wife live near one of his sons. He has not ...

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Phoeun's Timeline

  • May 14, 2021

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

  • May 14, 2021

    Phoeun 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 15, 2021

    Phoeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 24, 2021

    Phoeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 10, 2021

    Phoeun's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

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