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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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The global prevalence of
childhood blindness is thought to be around 4%
or approximately one tenth of the prevalence of blindness in adults.

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Myth: Doing eye exercises will keep you from needing glasses.

Fact: Eye Exercises do not enhance or preserve vision or diminish the need for glasses. Your vision relies on the shape of your eyes, the health of your eye tissues, and many other factors, none of which can be appreciably altered with eye exercises.

Myth: You shouldn't wear glasses all the time, taking a break allows your eyes to rest.

Fact: If you are prescribed glasses for distance or reading, use them. Trying to read without reading glasses will simply strain your eyes and tire them out.

Myth: NEVER sit too close to the TV.

Fact: There is no scientific evidence that sitting too close to the TV is bad for your eyes.

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

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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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