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: Using glasses or contacts will weaken eyesight or eyes will become dependent on them.
Fact: Your eyes will NOT grow weaker as a result of using corrective lenses. Your prescription may change over time due to aging or the presence of disease, but it is not because of your current prescription.
Myth: You shouldn't wear glasses all the time, taking a break allows your eyes to rest.
Fact: If you are prescribed glasses for distance or reading, use them. Trying to read without reading glasses will simply strain your eyes and tire them out.
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.
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.