Armenian Geography

Christianity in Armenia

The first nation to adopt Christianity as its official religion — with Christian iconography playing a very important role in Armenian art and architecture. The study of churches and monasteries, and the khatchkars and illuminated manuscripts of the church, reveal the devotion of Armenian artists to ornament, almost unique in Christian culture.

Argishti Harutyunyan’s Story

He was diagnosed with an astigmatism and started wearing lenses. However, his sight continued to decline day by day and dramatically worsened during his military service. He had only six months remaining when was referred to the Malayan Clinic for a detailed examination. “I started to wear lenses and with those I could see 10 lines in the eye chart, but the lenses were not very comfortable and they were causing injuries to my eye. Doctors suggested that the solution for my sight would be corneal transplants,” said Argishti.


Armenian Traditions and Holidays

Visitors are welcomed with open arms and usually with a party, as the AECP physicians will tell you. At the end of a two-week medical mission, they are always honored with a large party the night before they leave. Most Armenian holidays are Christian and are traditionally observed in a Western manner. Christmas is celebrated on the 6th of January, with Christmas trees, gift giving and feasting lasting the entire week from New Year’s Eve to Christmas. A warm and generous people, Armenians are known for their hospitality that especially embraces the table, where feasts can last for several hours.

Roger Ohanesian

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that blurs the sharp, central vision you need for “straight-ahead” activities such as reading, sewing, and driving. AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail but preserves the peripheral vision. AMD causes no pain. In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes.


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