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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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61% of people in the U.S. need eyewear due to Myopia or "nearsightedness."

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Is the Woman Old or Young?

Which Frog has a Wider Mouth?

Native American or Eskimo Entering a Cave?

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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2010 – Vision impairment by gender: 64% Female, 36% Male

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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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An estimated 1.4 million children are blind, 320,000 of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa.

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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.

Myth: If you cross your eyes, they will stay that way.

Fact: Contrary to this old adage, your eyes will not stay crossed if you cross them.

Myth: Reading in dim light is harmful to your eyes.

Fact: Although reading in dim light makes your eyes feel tired, it is not harmful. It is always better to have appropriate lighting when you are reading or doing any task.

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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