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Success! Sokha from Cambodia raised $253 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

  • $253 raised, $0 to go
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Sokha's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2022.

Photo of Sokha post-operation

January 20, 2023

Sokha underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Sokha did not want to admit her eyesight was failing, but taking care of her family had become difficult for her. She was happy to take the advice of a relative for surgery and was overjoyed when she was able to open her eye and already see the improvement. San can now recognize the faces of her family and feels more confident walking outside. Her life will be better because she has newfound independence.

Sokha’s husband said: “my wife was not happy when she could not visit the pagoda or family because she could not see to travel alone. I am relieved she can have her life back and do the things she likes to do. Even though we haven’t met you, thank you for your kindness. We are very grateful.”

Sokha did not want to admit her eyesight was failing, but taking care of her family had become difficult for her. She was happy to take the ...

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September 28, 2022

Sokha is a 60-year-old rice farmer. She married and has three sons, three daughters, and thirteen grandchildren. Sokha lives with her husband and youngest daughter. Some of her favorite ways to spend her free time are listening to the news and the monks praying on the radio.

Two years ago, Sokha developed a cataract in her right eye. As a result, she experiences cloudy vision and is unable to see in the dark or in bright light. She also has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she cannot go places on her own.

When Sokha learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 28th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $253 to fund this procedure.

Sokha shared, “After surgery, I hope my eye will see better and I can visit the pagoda for ceremonies.”

Sokha is a 60-year-old rice farmer. She married and has three sons, three daughters, and thirteen grandchildren. Sokha lives with her husban...

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Sokha's Timeline

  • September 28, 2022

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

  • September 28, 2022

    Sokha 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.

  • September 30, 2022

    Sokha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2022

    Sokha's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 20, 2023

    Sokha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Sokha's treatment
Hospital Fees
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  • 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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