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Em is a 67-year-old rice farmer and grandfather from Cambodia who needs $253 to fund cataract surgery so that he can continue to work.

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December 9, 2022

Em is a 67-year-old rice farmer. He is from Kampong Cham province and has four sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren. He lives with his wife and daughters who plant rice with him. He likes to listen to the news on the radio and join local ceremonies at his village pagoda.

One year ago, Em developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He is no longer able to drive because his vision has deteriorated so much. It is also difficult for him to work on his farm.

When Em learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for six and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 9th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $253 procedure.

Em said: “I hope after surgery my eye will see clearly once again. I’ll be able to drive my moto by myself and continue to work on my farm.”

Em is a 67-year-old rice farmer. He is from Kampong Cham province and has four sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren. He lives with hi...

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Em's Timeline

  • December 9, 2022

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

  • December 9, 2022

    Em 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.

  • December 13, 2022

    Em's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Em is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD

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

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

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