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How The Eye Works

Anatomy of the Eye

The eye is a complex sensory organ specialized for the gathering of visual information and gives us the sense of sight, allowing us to learn more about the world than do any of our other five senses.

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Approximately 2% or 2.2 million Americans 40 years and older have glaucoma.

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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.

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: An eye examination is necessary only if you are having eye problems.

Fact: Everyone should follow proper eye care, including regular eye exams, whether or not you're having any noticeable signs of problems. For adults, the frequency depends on your doctor's advice and may be every two years or more often. If you have diabetes or an eye disease, you should have a comprehensive eye exam every year.

Class Adopts Armenian School

For the second year in a row, Mariam Samoniantz’s 9th grade homeroom class at Mesrobian School emptied spare change from pockets, purses, and wallets into a large jar each day for three months to provide eye screenings and eye heath education for their peers around the globe at Yerevan School No. 105. “I felt good knowing that my small change benefited another Armenian in a significant way,” said 9th grader Nora Gourdikian.

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In developing countries, it is believed that 60-80% of children who become blind die within 1-2 years.

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Eye Professionals

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who is qualified by lengthy medical education, training and experience to diagnose, treat and manage all eye and visual system problems, and is licensed by a state regulatory board to practice medicine and surgery.

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