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About Armenia

Armenia Quick Facts

  • Armenia is well known for its Cognac
  • Armenia is home to the world’s longest non-stop double track cable car
  • In Armenia, ‘Merci’ is an acceptable form of ‘Thank You’
  • The country’s national symbol is Mt. Ararat
  • Armenia shares borders with Iran, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Nakhchivan
  • Armenia is rumored to be the first to adopt Christianity in 301 A.D.
  • Armenia reportedly has the world’s best apricots

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The global financial cost of childhood blindness is said to be between
$6 billion & $27 billion.

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Vase or Two Faces Looking at Each Other?

Faces or Places?

Which of the Middle Circles Looks Bigger?

The Trend

It all started two summers ago, when Mrs. Donna Evans, the wife of former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans, visited the 10th century renowned Armenian Monastery of Sanahin in Lori region. A child, playing in the courtyard, caught Mrs. Evans’ attention.

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Approximately 14 million Americans aged 12 years and older have self-reported visual impairment defined as distance visual acuity of 20/50 or worse.

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Refractive Disorders

Refractive disorders affect the cornea and the way we see. Our eyes are very much like the way a camera takes a photograph – the refractive process. The cornea and lens in your eye act as the camera lens and the retina is similar to the film. The image that your retina “sees” goes to your brain, which tells you what the image is. The cornea bends, or refracts, light on the retina enabling us to see. When the curve of the cornea is irregularly shaped, the cornea bends light imperfectly on the retina. This is what causes a refractive error and affects your vision — myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.

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2010 – Blindness by gender:
55% Female, 34% Male

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Myth: Only boys are color-blind.

Fact: It's estimated that up to 8% of boys have some degree of color blindness, whereas less than 1% of girls do.

Myth: Using glasses or contacts will weaken eyesight or eyes will become dependent on them.

Fact: Your eyes will NOT grow weaker as a result of using corrective lenses. Your prescription may change over time due to aging or the presence of disease, but it is not because of your current prescription.

Myth: It is okay to swim while wearing soft contact lenses.

Fact: No, it is not okay to swim while wearing contact lenses. Serious or potentially blinding eye infections can result from swimming or even using a hot tub while wearing contact lenses.

Lucik's Story

Lucik Yeritsyan lives with her family in a house on the outskirts of Artsvaberd, a small village in the Tavush marz. The house has one living room, one bedroom, a kitchen and a corridor where Lucik lives. The wooden stove is in the corridor next to Lucik’s bed. In the one-bedroom house — with a small orchard, a vegetable plot and a few sheep and hens, eight other people live with Lucik. They include her husband, Armen; son and daughter-inlaw Ashot and Maro; and five grandchildren- age five through 16.

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