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Blindness (OLD)

Christine Hajinyan’s Story

Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. In 1882, she fell ill and was struck blind, deaf and mute. Beginning in 1887, Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, helped her make tremendous A first look at Christine Hajinyan, 25, does not disclose anything unusual about her. A few minutes into the conversation, Christine reveals one devastating story after another. She was only nine when her brother found a pistol lying on the ground in their courtyard in Avan, one of the communities on the outskirts of Yerevan. The children had just started exploring the deadly “toy” when the gun exploded, instantly killing Christine’s 8-year-old brother and completely destroying Christine’s left eye and causing her severe abdominal injuries.

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1.6 million Americans aged 50 years and older have age related macular degeneration.

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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. Children should be tested at birth, at 6 months of age, before entering school and periodically throughout school years.

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: 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.

Helen Keller

… was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia,Alabama. At the age of two, she fell ill and was struck blind, deaf and mute. Still, at a young age, Keller was helped by her teacher, Anne Sullivan, who allowed her to make tremendous progress with her ability to communicate. Keller went on to college, graduating in 1904. In 1920, she helped found the ACLU. During her remarkable life, Keller has received many honors in recognition of her many accomplishments. She stands as a powerful example of how determination, hard work, and imagination can allow an individual to triumph over adversity. By overcoming difficult conditions with a great deal of persistence, she grew into a respected and world-renowned activist who labored for the betterment of others.

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2010 – Vision impairment by gender: 64% Female, 36% Male

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Stevie Wonder

Born prematurely on May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan, Stevie Wonder was blinded by ROP at a time in the U.S. when doctors didn’t yet know and understand the diagnosis and treatment for this horrific disease — one that left thousands of American children blind in the 1950s. A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Wonder made his musical debut at age 12 and recorded his first hit single in 1963. Over the next decade, Wonder recorded several hit songs, including “Living in the City,” “Boogie on a Reggae Woman” and “Isn’t She Lovely.” His fertile period came to an end in 1979. Wonder’s ‘80s hits include “I Just Called to Say I Love You” and “Ebony and Ivory.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

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