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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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Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common vision problem affecting about 34% of the population.

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Myth: Holding a book too close is harmful to your eyes.

Fact: Children and adults who are nearsighted might need to get closer to a book. Doing so does not cause or worsen nearsightedness or any other kinds of eye problem.

Myth: Using your eyes too much will wear them out.

Fact: We wouldn't lose our sense of smell by using our nose too much or our hearing by using our ears too much. The eyes were made for seeing. We won't lose our vision by using our eyes for their intended purpose.

Myth: If you cross your eyes, they will stay that way.

Fact: Contrary to this old adage, your eyes will not stay crossed if you cross 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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Hyperopia or farsightedness is a common vision problem affecting about 25% of the population.

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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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