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Oun is a loving grandmother from Cambodia who needs $229 to fund sight-restoring surgery so she can return to farming.

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August 25, 2021

Oun is a 67-year-old farmer. She and her husband have six children (one son and five daughters) and many grandchildren. While most of her children have relocated for work, her youngest daughter still lives nearby. Oun is a seasonal farmer, and in her free time, she enjoys caring for her grandchildren, growing vegetables, and listening to the radio.

Three years ago, Oun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and an occasional feeling of pain. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside.

When Oun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three hours to seek treatment. On August 25th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Oun shared, “I hope that my vision can get better so that I can work more during the next season.”

Oun is a 67-year-old farmer. She and her husband have six children (one son and five daughters) and many grandchildren. While most of her ch...

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Oun's Timeline

  • August 25, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 25, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Oun was scheduled to receive 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.

  • August 25, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Oun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Oun is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

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Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Oun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$48
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • 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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