Center of Excellence, for the elimination of infant and childhood blindness, treating infants with ROP in NICU

Since its start in 1992, the Armenian EyeCare Project has had an enormous number of accomplishments in Armenia. This includes:

  • The Armenian EyeCare Project has made 52 U.S. Medical Missions to Armenia.
  • 70 U.S. Academic Ophthalmologists have traveled to Armenia at their own expense, to teach and treat patients.
  • $67 million in Medical Equipment and Supplies have been donated to Armenian hospitals and clinics by American pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing companies and private individuals.
  • The Mobile Eye Hospital, delivered to Armenia in 2002, is a 14-ton, 48-feet long, state-of-the-art eye clinic on wheels. It houses an operating room and two examination rooms — and patients can always see a doctor at no charge.
  • With the Mobile Eye Hospital now traveling country-wide — screening and delivering eye care to thousands of children and adults — the Project is able to save or restore the sight of significantly more people living throughout the Marzes in Armenia.  Since 2002, with the delivery of the Mobile Eye Hospital, more than 300,000 patients have been treated, whether it be through examinations, medical treatment, eyeglasses, or surgery.
  • Developed Ophthalmology Residency Programs in Armenia and improved teaching methods to meet Western standards.
  • Developed legislation for an Armenian Eye Bank that was approved and accepted by the Armenian government. Established Eye Bank in 2005.
  • Organized Armenia’s first, and now annual, celebration of World Sight Day.
  • Sponsored 12 Patients requiring specialized surgical care in the U.S. and provided services at no charge.
  • Sponsored eight Ophthalmology Fellowships in the U.S. for Armenian physicians.
  • Armenian Fellows established and equipped eight specialty clinics after completion of their U.S. fellowship training programs.
    • Vitreo-Retinal Disorders Clinic and Operating Room, 1998
    • Glaucoma Clinic and Operating Room, 2000
    • Corneal and Uveitis Disorders Clinic, 2001
    • Neuro-ophthalmology and Orbital Surgery, 2004
    • Eye Banking, 2005
    • Low Vision Clinic, 2005
    • Pediatric Clinic 2007
    • ROP Clinic 2010

  • The AECP Low Vision Clinic opened in 2006 with a special program for children who are blind or have low vision. Low vision is a loss of sight that cannot be corrected by ordinary eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. A person with low vision has extremely limited sight that interferes with daily activities. Low vision should not be confused with blindness. People with low vision have some useful vision, which can often be improved with low vision aids.
  • Sponsored 16 International Armenian-American Ophthalmology Teaching Conferences in Yerevan.
  • Implemented Countrywide Screening and Survey Program, on July 2003.
  • Mobile Eye Hospital visited Nagorno-Karabagh for the first time, on May 2004.
  • Awarded a three-year $750,000 USAID Grant in October 2004 and second four-year grant in 2007 for $800,000.
  • Education Center with state-of-the-art Pfizer Wet Lab and Diagnostic Center established for training Armenian physicians. Pfizer Wet Lab is valued at over $1 million and has been used to train hundreds of Armenia doctors.
  • Trained more than 1,000 primary care physicians and regional ophthalmologists.
  • More than 750,000 Public Education handouts distributed throughout Armenia, in 2005.

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