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Dr. Chien Wong, London-based ophthalmologist and world-acclaimed ROP surgeon


AECP Eye Screening Team Goes to Summer Camp: Jambar

Summer Camp. “Jambar” in Armenian. It means just about the same thing the world ‘round. There are no international boundaries to the exhilaration children feel when, at the end of a June day, they hear that last school bell signifying that school is out for the summer and they look forward to a vacation from homework and exams and fun with friends and family. And Armenia is not much different where there is a very special camp the EyeCare Project visited in August for eye screenings.

Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that blurs the sharp, central vision you need for “straight-ahead” activities such as reading, sewing, and driving. AMD affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail but preserves the peripheral vision. AMD causes no pain. In some cases, AMD advances so slowly that people notice little change in their vision. In others, the disease progresses faster and may lead to a loss of vision in both eyes.


Anthony Aldave, M.D.

Joining Roger Ohanesian and a team of AECP doctors on the Armenian EyeCare Project’s 26th Medical Mission in June 2005, Dr. Anthony Aldave performed the country’s first artificial cornea implant.

An Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Anthony Aldave is a full-time faculty member of the UCLA Jules Stein Institute, spending about 70 percent of his time in direct patient care and 30 percent in research activities. Beyond his faculty responsibilities, Dr. Aldave serves as Director of the Cornea & External Disease Fellowship Program, Director of the Jules Stein Eye Institute Eye Bank, and Interim Director of the Vision Genetics Center. His awards and honors—too numerous to mention them all—include a 2000-2001 Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship, a 2001-2002 American Ophthalmological Society-Knapp Testimonial Fund Fellowship and the 2001 Claes Dohlman Society Award given to the top Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellow in the country.

Armenian Carpet

The art of carpet making has existed in Armenia since the fifth century BC, but perhaps the most noteworthy period of Armenian rug weaving is that of the thirteenth century. The great “dragon” rugs showing indigenous designs resembling highly stylized dragons woven into a latticework of plant and animal forms were created during this period. They are among the most original and abstract creations in textiles. Early in the nineteenth century, when the sultans of Turkey wanted to establish rug weaving around Constantinople, it was the Armenian master weavers whom they called upon to do so.


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