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Roeun is an elderly woman from Cambodia who needs $398 to fund cataract surgery.

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July 4, 2017

Roeun is an 80-year-old woman from Cambodia who is married and has two sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to listen to monks pray at the pagoda.

About two years ago, Roeun developed a cataract in each eye, which caused her to experience blurred vision, tearing, and sensitivity to light. As a result, it is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, do work, or go anywhere outside by herself.

Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $398 to fund small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant for each of Roeun’s eyes. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 4 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Roeun’s vision to its former state and allow her to live more comfortably.

Roeun is an 80-year-old woman from Cambodia who is married and has two sons, two daughters, and eight grandchildren. In her free time, she l...

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Roeun's Timeline

  • July 4, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Roeun was submitted by Evalynn Romano, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • July 04, 2017
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Roeun was scheduled to receive treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre.

  • July 11, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Roeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Roeun is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

Treatment
Cataract - Two Eyes
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $398 for Roeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$88
Medical Staff
$230
Medication
$0
Supplies
$80
  • 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.