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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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19% of people in the U.S. use contact lenses.

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Myth: Squinting can damage your vision.

Fact: The worst thing that can result from squinting are those pesky wrinkles around your eyes knows as crow's feet. Although squinting doesn't actually hurt your eyes, it could be a sign of an underlying problem.

Myth: Reading too much fine print or in poor light will eventually harm your vision.

Fact: "It's like saying if you take a picture in poor light, then the camera is going to be damaged," said Rosen, who worked as a photographer before he went to medical school and became an ophthalmologist.

Myth: It is okay to swim while wearing soft contact lenses.

Fact: No, it is not okay to swim while wearing contact lenses. Serious or potentially blinding eye infections can result from swimming or even using a hot tub while wearing contact lenses.

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

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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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