The Armenian EyeCare Project’s mission is to eliminate preventable blindness in Armenia and to make quality eye care accessible to everyone in the country. To complete our mission, we deliver care through a five-point strategy — direct patient care, medical education and training, public education, research, and capacity building.
Social Exclusion as a result of tragic land mine explosions, the lives of three boys from three different communities across Nagorno-Karabakh changed dramatically in 1993. Seconds before all three explosions the children were playing peacefully-exploring the new deadly “toys” found on the streets of their villages-hand grenades, detonators, land mines and pallet bombs.
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.
Myth: Children will outgrow lazy or crossed eyes.
Fact: Children are not able to outgrow strabismus – the medical term for crossed eyes – on their own but, with help, it can be easily corrected at a younger age. That's why it is important for your child to have an eye exam early, first when your child is an infant and then again by age two.
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. Children should be tested at birth, at 6 months of age, before entering school and periodically throughout school years.
Lots of people – at all ages – are injured while playing sports – but getting hurt doesn’t have
to happen. A few sports injury prevention steps can help to keep everyone in the game. All eye protection should fit securely and have cushions above your eyebrows and over your nose. Face masks or polycarbonate guards or shields that attach to a helmet are worn in sports such as football, ice hockey, and softball and baseball when batting. Goggles are often worn for soccer, basketball, racquet sports, snowboarding, street hockey, and baseball and softball when fielding. If you wear glasses, you’ll probably need prescription polycarbonate goggles — don’t just wear your regular glasses when you’re on the court or field.
The purpose of the visit was to view the activities of “The Primary and Ophthalmological Health Care Alliance,” a joint USAID-AECP effort designed to increase the utilization of sustainable, high-quality primary healthcare services in Armenia and ultimately, to eliminate preventable blindness in Armenia.
Proud to be singled out as a success story of USAID/ AECP cooperation, the EyeCare Project had the opportunity to demonstrate a U.S. Government assistance project in operation. Its state-of-the-art mobile eye hospital provides eye care to Armenians throughout the country with all Armenians, regardless of their financial situation, receive eye screenings at no charge.