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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.
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.
Myth: There is nothing you can do to prevent vision loss.
Fact: At the very first sign of symptoms, such as blurred vision, eye pain, flashes of light, or sudden onset of floater in your eyes, you should see a doctor. If detected early enough, depending on the cause, there are treatments that can correct, stop, or at least slow down the loss of vision.
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: Using your eyes too much will wear them out.
Fact: We wouldn't lose our sense of smell by using our nose too much or our hearing by using our ears too much. The eyes were made for seeing. We won't lose our vision by using our eyes for their intended purpose.
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.