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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.

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Approximately 2.5% or 5.3 million Americans aged 18 years and older have diabetic retinopathy.

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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: An eye examination is necessary only if you are having eye problems.

Fact: Everyone should follow proper eye care, including regular eye exams, whether or not you're having any noticeable signs of problems. For adults, the frequency depends on your doctor's advice and may be every two years or more often. If you have diabetes or an eye disease, you should have a comprehensive eye exam every year.

Myth: You can wear your eyes out.

Fact: Eyes do not wear out. You can use them as much as you want!

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.

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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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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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