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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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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.