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Umud Hambardzumyan

Two years ago, Umud started to have problems with his eyes. It started with a cataract and then many other problems started to occur with his vision. As the complications mounted, the doctors had no choice but to remove his corneas. “It has been seven months since I was able to see at all. After doctors removed my corneas, my only hope for being able to see again was to wait for the corneal transplants. It is very hard to lose your sight all of a sudden. I have already started to forget the faces of my dear ones in my memory,” said Umud.

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80% of all learning takes place visually in the first 12 years of life.

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Myth: Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals.

Fact: The English optician Samuel Pierce invented bifocals around 1775.

Myth: Wearing contacts prevents nearsightedness from getting worse.

Fact: Wearing contact lenses will not permanently correct nearsightedness. Myopia or nearsightedness is usually an inherited condition, and contact lenses can only be expected to improve vision. They cannot prevent nearsightedness from getting worse.

Myth: Wearing eyeglasses that are too strong or have the wrong prescription will damage the eyes.

Fact: Eyeglasses change the light rays that the eye receives. They do not change any part of the eye itself. Wearing glasses that are too strong or otherwise wrong for the eyes cannot harm an adult's vision, although it might result in a temporary headache.

Armenian Flora & Fauna

The wide variety of climates in Armenia accounts for the array of flora and fauna that can be seen at different times of the year throughout the country. Armenia contains twice as many soil types as European Russia, so the climate, soil, and vegetation vary greatly throughout the nation. Many of the world’s bulbs originate in the Armenian Highland, and there is a great assortment of wild bulbs in the country.

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31% of people in the U.S. need vision correction due to presbyopia or age related "farsightedness."

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Ruzanna Harutyunyan, M.D.

“It gives me great happiness to be able to bring sight to a child,” Dr. Ruzanna Harutyunyan says, adding that correcting vision problems and treating eye disease is important at any age, but for children, it can be especially important. Harutyunyan, who’s a Pediatric Ophthalmologist and Chief of the Malayan Ophthalmologic Center Pediatric Clinic, talks more about her specialty.

“Children’s smiles. They are the very best thing about my job,” says Ruzanna Harutyunyan, Pediatric Ophthalmologist and Chief of the Malayan Ophthalmologic Center Pediatric Clinic.

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