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Success! Khom from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery on his eye.

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Khom's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2021.

Photo of Khom post-operation

January 4, 2022

Khom underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery on his eye.

Khom’s surgery was smooth and successful. Overall, Khom’s vision has greatly improved so he can see clearly again, and he and his family have now returned back home. He looks forward to working in the fields and growing vegetables to help send his grandson to school.

Khom’s wife said, “I am very happy with my husband’s surgery and that he is able to see everything much more clearly than before.”

Khom's surgery was smooth and successful. Overall, Khom's vision has greatly improved so he can see clearly again, and he and his family hav...

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October 27, 2021

Khom is a 48-year-old farmer with one daughter, three sons, and one grandson. Khom lives with his wife who is also a farmer. He likes to watch Khmer boxing on TV, but this is getting harder for him along with other things he needs to do.

One year ago, Khom developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside.

When Khom learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled across Cambodia for seven and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 27th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and will place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure.

Khom says, “I hope after surgery my eye can clearly again. I want to work in the field and plant vegetables around my house to be able to make more money again.”

Khom is a 48-year-old farmer with one daughter, three sons, and one grandson. Khom lives with his wife who is also a farmer. He likes to wat...

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Khom's Timeline

  • October 27, 2021

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

  • October 27, 2021

    Khom 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 29, 2021

    Khom's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2021

    Khom's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 4, 2022

    Khom'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 Khom'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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48% funded

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