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Success! Koem An from Cambodia raised $253 to fund cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Koem An
  • $253 raised, $0 to go
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Koem An's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2022.

Photo of Koem An post-operation

January 15, 2023

Koem An underwent cataract surgery to improve her vision.

Because Koem An and her husband live with a daughter who works all day, it was difficult for her to stay active when she could not see well. She took the advice of her in-laws and had successful surgery to repair her cataract. She will rest at home for several days, and apply eye drops eight times daily to assist in healing. After her vision stabilizes, she can go outside in bright or dim light without fear of injuring herself. This will change her life because older adults who are socially isolated are at greater risk for depression and other serious medical conditions.

Koem An said: “I feel very happy that I can see everything well again. I can take care of myself, help my daughter do housework, and take care of my grandchildren. Thank you to all who helped to pay for my surgery so I can enjoy and live my life again.”

Because Koem An and her husband live with a daughter who works all day, it was difficult for her to stay active when she could not see well....

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November 15, 2022

Koem An is a 64-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband have one son, three daughters, and seven grandchildren. She lives with her husband and her oldest daughter, who is a chef. At home, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio.

Two years ago, Koem An developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own.

When Koem An learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 15th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help raising $253 to fund her procedure and care.

Koem An shared, “I hope after surgery I can see better, take care of my grandchildren and do housework well.”

Koem An is a 64-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband have one son, three daughters, and seven grandchildren. She ...

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Koem An's Timeline

  • November 15, 2022

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

  • November 15, 2022

    Koem An 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.

  • November 17, 2022

    Koem An's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2022

    Koem An's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 15, 2023

    Koem An's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $253 for Koem An'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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