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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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Globally the major causes of visual impairment are:

Uncorrected refractive errors - 43%, unoperated cataract - 33%, glaucoma - 2%.

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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: Using a nightlight in your child's room will contribute to nearsightedness.

Fact: There is not enough evidence to support this claim. Keeping a nightlight on in your baby's room may actually help them learn to focus and develop important eye coordination skills when they are awake.

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.

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

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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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