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About Us

Bringing 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 Malayan25 Eye Hospital, to build five 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.

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82% of people living with blindness are aged 50 and above.

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Vase or Two Faces Looking at Each Other?

Faces or Places?

Which Vertical Line is Longer?

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions in which the optic nerve is damaged. This prevents the visual message from being sent from the eye to the brain and leads to eventual blindness unless it is recognized and treated. In most cases damage to the optic nerve results from elevated pressure within the eye that is caused by a backup of fluid in the eye. Glaucoma can develop in one or both eyes. Although glaucoma cannot be cured, it can usually be controlled. The main treatment for glaucoma aims to reduce the pressure in the eye.

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Globally the major causes of visual impairment are:

Uncorrected refractive errors - 43%, unoperated cataract - 33%, glaucoma - 2%.

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Dana's Observership

What can the rest of us learn when a top American scholar visits the Armenian EyeCare Project? Plenty! Dana Hornbeak is a medical student specializing in ophthalmology who volunteered to spend time in Armenia. Her story describes what she saw as an official Medical Observer. Written by Hornbeak, herself, this story details many of the dramas and medical miracles she’s been witnessing on a daily basis through her work with the Armenian EyeCare Project.

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Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the middle and low income countries.

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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.

Myth: If you eat carrots, you will have good eyesight.

Fact: The vitamin A in carrots helps eyes function well, but it is just one important factor for good eyesight.

Myth: If you wear glasses, not wearing them will cause your vision to deteriorate faster.

Fact: The immediate side effect of not wearing glasses if you need them is the equivalent of going to an art gallery tour without bothering to get a ticket.

Planned Giving

With a very simple planned gift you can help the EyeCare Project Bring Sight to Armenian Eyes and really make a difference. Learn how meaningful — and how easy — it is to make a planned gift, which will make your generosity last for generations. Through a planned gift you can be more generous than you ever thought possible. You can make the EyeCare Project a beneficiary of your will or trust; give stocks and bonds, donate life insurance; donate real estate and other assets and with some plans receive lifetime income back from the EyeCare Project in return for your gift.

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