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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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For each decade after 40 there's a 300% increase in blindness.

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Myth: Wearing eyeglasses that are too strong or have the wrong prescription will damage the eyes.

Fact: Eyeglasses change the light rays that the eye receives. They do not change any part of the eye itself. Wearing glasses that are too strong or otherwise wrong for the eyes cannot harm an adult's vision, although it might result in a temporary headache.

Myth: Reading fine print for too long will wear out or damage your eyes.

Fact: This is one of the most widely held myths about vision. Some people are concerned that they should not read too much because it will wear out their eyes. Although extensive or prolonged reading of fine print can cause eye strain, there is no evidence to suggest that it will damage or wear out your eyes.

Myth: Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals.

Fact: The English optician Samuel Pierce invented bifocals around 1775.

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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Approximately 2.5% or 5.3 million Americans aged 18 years and older have diabetic retinopathy.

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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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