In 2011, after a pilot phase, a new eye care project started in a part of Kampong Cham province. Kampong Cham has a population of 786.074. On the 2nd of June 2014, six districts and a city located east of the Mekong River officially separated from Kampong Cham and together they formed a new province: Tbong Khmum.
The eye department of the hospital in Tbong Khmum receives support from the Eye Care Foundation. This support focuses primarily on infrastructure, increasing capacity and ophthalmic treatment. In recent years they have invested in outreach activities. Volunteers, health workers and field workers are trained to detect eye diseases in the villages and to refer people for further help when necessary. The physician in the hospital and two ophthalmic nurses from the hospital’s eye department treat the most common conditions, such as cataracts, glaucoma and infections.