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Arman’s Sight Restored

Arman lost the sight in his right eye as a child. He was playing with a box of matches, when accidentally the head from a fired match struck his eye resulting in blindness.

“I could see – but very badly. I could hardly read the first line in the eye chart. I had the surgery two weeks ago and now I can see until the sixth line. I decided to have the surgery in Armenia as I had heard good things about the doctors from my relatives who live here. When I came, I was not disappointed. I was very pleased with the way they explained everything to me and with the care they showed for each patient. That gave me a feeling of trust,” said Arman.

Arman currently lives in Krasnodar, Russia. He is studying for a master’s degree of law at university. At the moment, he earns his living by working at a car repair service.

The leading cause of blindness in children is EYE INJURY and 75% of injuries happen when no adult is present.

Most of these injuries can be prevented by using proper
eye protection and following safety precautions.

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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: Two blue-eyed parents can't produce a child with brown eyes.

Fact: Two blue-eyed parents can have a child with brown eyes, although it's very rare. Likewise, two brown-eyed parents can have a child with blue eyes, although this is also uncommon.

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.

Diruhi’s Story

On 30 January 2014, Diruhi had cataract surgery. Unfortunately, after the surgery her sight continued to worsen. Diruhi was referred to Dr. Anna Hovakimyan and after a detailed examination she was told that she had a damaged cornea and that she needed a corneal transplant.

“I waited for the transplant for more than a year. My sudden blindness caused many difficulties in my everyday life. I couldn’t do anything at home and couldn’t look after my grandchildren. Now I am feeling very good. The pain is relieved and I can see again,” said Diruhi.

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Worldwide, up to 70% of childhood blindness is preventable.

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Armenian Industry

Armenian Industry Traditionally diverse, including (as a percent of output of former USSR) metal cutting machine tools (5.5%), forging-pressing machines (1.9%), electric motors (9%), tires (1.5%), knitted wear (4.4%), hosiery (3.0%), shoes (2.2%), silk fabric (0.8%), washing machines (2.0%), chemicals, trucks, watches, instruments, and microelectronics (1990); currently, much of industry is shut down.

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