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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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In developing countries, it is believed that 60-80% of children who become blind die within 1-2 years.

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Myth: You can wear your eyes out.

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

Myth: People with blue eyes see better than people with brown eyes.

Fact: The iris color has no link with the visual sharpness.

Myth: If you eat carrots, you will have good eyesight.

Fact: The vitamin A in carrots helps eyes function well, but it is just one important factor for good eyesight.

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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48% of parents in the U.S. with children under 12 have never taken their child to an eye care professional

the percentage is much higher in Armenia.

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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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