Blindness is devastating. At any age. A child without sight, whether by birth or by accident, is especially tragic with their entire future at risk. Children who are partially or totally blind are unable to participate in the world around them as sighted children are, affecting their social growth, learning and virtually everything related to growing up.
Kids, “Treat them right and they’ll never be out of sight!” Good eyesight is critical for the children in Armenia if they are to grow up with all the advantages they need to be healthy, happy, productive citizens. Eighty percent of learning depends on your visual system — and vision problems in school-age children can frequently lead to learning problems.
For Teens Only. How do your eyes work? It’s fascinating. Let’s take a look! Your eyes are amazing — very much like your camera. From the moment you open your eyes in the morning to the moment you drift off to sleep at night your eyes are working for you — working with your brain they do some fantastic things — including 80 percent of what you learn.
Eyes and vision rank among the health issues of most concern to parents. Learn about common childhood eye problems. While serious eye disease is uncommon in children, it is estimated that one in 20 preschool children and one in four school-age children has a vision problem that needs correcting and could cause permanent vision loss if left untreated.
EyeCare Project Goes to School
While eyes and vision rank among the most important health issues in children, few children in Armenia begin school with an eye exam. So many of the “simple,” preventative measures-that we take for granted in in America are almost unheard of in Armenia. Adopting a school in Armenia to provide eye screenings and education is one of the most important things our donors are doing for the country and for each individual child and their family. With approximately 500,000 children in Armenian schools, the AECP Child Blindness Initiative can help Armenia achieve its goal of full eye care coverage of school age children through eye screenings to detect refractive errors and to provide prescription eyeglasses for those in need within five years.
Retinopathy of Prematurity
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a devastating disease that affects infants born prematurely and leads to blindness in a matter of weeks. Up to 60% of infants born at less than 30 weeks gestation develop some form of the disease and AECP physicians found that 30% of all premature infants will progress to the advanced form. If left untreated, the advanced form of ROP causes rapid and irreversible blindness due to retinal scarring and detachment. Serial examinations of infants at risk for the disease and the timely application of laser treatments, however, leads to complete regression of the disease in up to 90% of patients. The enormous economic and social burden of lifelong blindness makes the treatment of this disease profoundly important.
Donate Now to Bring Sight to Armenian Eyes!
To expand ophthalmology coverage and to meet the eye care needs of the Armenian people in the regions outside of Yerevan, the EyeCare Project has embarked on its biggest project ever — “Five for Five” — to bring accessible, quality eye care to all of the people of Armenia. At the request of the Minister of Health, the EyeCare Project will take the lead, in partnership with the Armenian Health Ministry and the Malayan Eye Hospital, to build fie Regional Eye Clinics throughout Armenia. The cost of the project is approximately five million over a period of five years — five clinics for five million.
First Aid Tips for the Eye
If something gets into your eye, such as sand or dust, do not rub your eye. Wash your eye with water to get the object out. If your eye gets hit by a ball or a fit, put cold cloths on your eye for 15 minutes. This will make the swelling go down and reduce pain. You should also go to the doctor.
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