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Success! Heng Ly from Cambodia raised $229 to fund cataract surgery to improve his vision.

Heng Ly
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Heng Ly's treatment was fully funded on June 16, 2022.

Photo of Heng Ly post-operation

June 22, 2022

Heng Ly underwent cataract surgery to restore his vision.

Heng Ly was not able to work as a vegetable seller due to his poor vision, and his wife was left with much of the work to support the family. After his surgery, his vision improved almost immediately. His life will improve because he will be able to see well enough to work with his wife at the market now, which will increase the income for his family. This is a big relief for Heng Ly.

Heng Ly told us: “I am glad I took the advice of my neighbor to get help from CSC. I can see much better and can help to support my children and grandchildren. I will be able to watch TV again instead of only listening. Thank you to the people who supported my operation, I am very grateful!”

Heng Ly was not able to work as a vegetable seller due to his poor vision, and his wife was left with much of the work to support the family...

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March 2, 2022

Heng Ly is a 66-year-old vegetable seller. He is married and has one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Heng Ly lives with his wife, who is also a vegetable seller, and their daughter, who is a teacher. In his free time, he likes to watch the news on television.

One year ago, Heng Ly developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he is not able to go places on his own.

When Heng Ly learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for an hour seeking treatment. On March 2nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Heng Ly shared, “I hope I can see clearly again so I can look after my grandchildren.”

Heng Ly is a 66-year-old vegetable seller. He is married and has one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Heng Ly lives with his wife, ...

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Heng Ly's Timeline

  • March 2, 2022

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

  • March 2, 2022

    Heng Ly 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.

  • March 2, 2022

    Heng Ly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 16, 2022

    Heng Ly's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 22, 2022

    Heng Ly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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