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Success! Oeun from Cambodia raised $229 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Oeun
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  • $229 raised, $0 to go
$229
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Oeun's treatment was fully funded on May 17, 2022.

Photo of Oeun post-operation

May 23, 2022

Oeun underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Oeun traveled with his daughter to Children’s Surgical Centre for sight-saving surgery. Simple activities like eating or walking had become difficult for him, and he spent much time alone inside. Surgery has improved his life because he can do simple construction work in his community and help in the rice field to supplement their family’s income. He looks forward to visiting his local pagoda and feels that more interactions with neighbors will be good for his mind and body.

Oeun said: “I am so grateful that I have good eyesight again. I want to feel useful to my family and help support them like I used to. Thank you for supporting my operation; I can see again and I am very pleased.”

Oeun traveled with his daughter to Children's Surgical Centre for sight-saving surgery. Simple activities like eating or walking had become ...

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February 15, 2022

Oeun is a 71-year-old retired construction worker. He has two sons, four daughters, and thirteen grandchildren. At home, Oeun likes to listen to the news and the monks praying on the radio.

One year ago, Oeun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia and blurry vision. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he is unable to go places on his own.

When Oeun learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 15th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure.

Oeun shared, “After surgery, I hope my eye can see well. I want to visit the pagoda and help my children work at the rice field.”

Oeun is a 71-year-old retired construction worker. He has two sons, four daughters, and thirteen grandchildren. At home, Oeun likes to liste...

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Oeun's Timeline

  • February 15, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 15, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Oeun 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.

  • February 17, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Oeun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 17, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Oeun's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 23, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Oeun's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Cataract - One Eye
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $229 for Oeun's treatment
Hospital Fees
$48
Medical Staff
$141
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • 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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