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Success! Sok Heng from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Sok Heng
  • $229 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Sok Heng's treatment was fully funded on November 23, 2021.

Photo of Sok Heng post-operation

November 30, 2021

Sok Heng underwent sight-restoring cataract eye surgery.

Sok Heng’s cataract surgery was a success and she is delighted with her improved vision. She never imagined how much better her vision could be. Sok Heng can now go back to selling fish at the market to help support and feed her family.

Sok Heng said: “Thank you to the staff at CSC. I will be able to work and see better than before. I am grateful to the donors who are helping me and Cambodians have a better life.”

Sok Heng's cataract surgery was a success and she is delighted with her improved vision. She never imagined how much better her vision could...

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October 13, 2021

Sok Heng is a 60-year-old fish seller. She has one son and one daughter. Sok Heng’s husband is a fisherman. Recently it has been difficult for Sok Heng to sell fish at the market because her vision has been worsening.

One year ago, Sok Heng developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Sok Heng learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On October 13th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and will place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Sok Heng said, “I hope my eye can see well again after surgery so I can return to selling fish and doing more housework as well.”

Sok Heng is a 60-year-old fish seller. She has one son and one daughter. Sok Heng's husband is a fisherman. Recently it has been difficult f...

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Sok Heng's Timeline

  • October 13, 2021

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

  • October 13, 2021

    Sok Heng 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.

  • October 15, 2021

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

  • November 23, 2021

    Sok Heng's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 30, 2021

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

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Sok Heng'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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$155to go

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