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Eye Safety

AECP Visits Nursing Home

Enida Agasiyava and Vilik Hovhannesyan never met. Yet, with theater as their common thread, they followed similar paths through each of their 78 years of life , making their mark on the entertainment industry — Vilik in Armenia and Enida in Azerbaijan.

Introduced by the EyeCare Project, Enida and Vilik recently met for the first time at a café in Yerevan. Over coffee and croissants, they reminisced about their lives in the theater and their recent eye surgeries on the AECP Mobile Eye Hospital.

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An estimated 1.4 million children are blind, 320,000 of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa.

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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: Children will outgrow lazy or crossed eyes.

Fact: Children are not able to outgrow strabismus – the medical term for crossed eyes – on their own but, with help, it can be easily corrected at a younger age. That's why it is important for your child to have an eye exam early, first when your child is an infant and then again by age two.

Myth: Safety goggles are more trouble than they are worth.

Fact: Using safety goggles prevents many eye injuries – injuries that can potentially blind you or damage your eyes.
Keep safety goggles handy and use them.

John Griffin, M.D.

Why would an Irishman travel to Armenia? Dr. John Griffin, one of the kindest and most compassionate individuals you will ever meet, makes the world a better place with his generosity. It was Griffin’s longtime friendship with AECP founder Roger Ohanesian that first inspired him to go to Armenia. It was the Armenian people that brought him back just six months later. He was so impressed by the country’s residents on his first surgical mission in October 2003 that he returned the following May for a second “tour of duty” with his daughter, Mary.

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2010 – Blindness by gender:
55% Female, 34% Male

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Prevent Eye Injuries

Did you know that 9 out of 10 eye injuries can be prevented with proper care? Eye injuries usually happen at home and school and often during sports and hobby activities. Make sure you practice prevention! Take care to protect your eyes, especially when you are playing sports; wear goggles for snow skiing, helmets and guards for cricket and baseball.

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