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Cornea Transplant

In 2016, we began a Cornea Transplant Program, asking donors to sponsor surgery for those in Armenia who needed the procedure but could not afford its cost. Here are the stories of three Armenians who have received cornea transplant surgery because of your support, including a courageous teenage boy named Ashot.


AECP Regional Eye Clinic

A state-of-the-art Regional Eye Clinic will open its doors in the second-largest city in Armenia this fall. The Armenian EyeCare Project will unveil our fourth Regional Eye Clinic in Armenia and celebrate the Grand Opening of the John Ohannes Khachigian AECP Regional Eye Clinic in Gyumri during our 2018 Medical Mission to Armenia in September.


AECP Conference

The Armenian EyeCare Project is pleased to invite ophthalmologists, neonatologists and other medical professionals to attend the AECP-CHLA 16th International Conference on Ophthalmology, Neonatology and Endocrinology on September 24-26, 2018 in Yerevan, Armenia.


Fourth of July

Before you enjoy the Fourth of July fireworks, follow these eye safety tips to stay safe during the holiday.


Tsovinar

From praying for his daughter’s life after a terrible landmine accident to witnessing her wedding day over 10 years later, Ashot Astamyan has experienced a range of emotion when it comes to his daughter, Tsovinar. Here is their story.


cornea transplant

In 2016, we began a Cornea Transplant Program, asking donors to sponsor surgery for those in Armenia who needed the procedure but could not afford its cost. Here are the stories of three Armenians who have received cornea transplant surgery because of your support, including our youngest beneficiary yet.


Ani Hambardzumyan

AECP Fellow Dr. Ani Hambardzumyan has dedicated her life to offering the best eye care possible in Armenia. In 2004, she received a fellowship to study her specialty sponsored by the AECP. Last month, she was extended another opportunity by the AECP: to continue her medical education by participating in the 9th International Conference and Exhibition on Tissue Engineering and Biobanking in Las Vegas, Nevada.


George Deukmejian

Though saddened when we learned of former California Governor George Deukmejian’s passing, we quickly remembered all the good he brought to the world.


AECP Cornea Transplant Program

In 2016, we began a Cornea Transplant Program, asking donors to sponsor corneal surgery for those in Armenia who needed it. Here are the stories of two Armenians who have received cornea transplant surgery because of your support and one who is still awaiting surgery.


AECP Diabetes Program

In support of our Diabetes Program, LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has donated two $45,000 lasers, which will enable us to treat diabetic eye disease through laser procedure and prevent vision loss and, ultimately, blindness.


AECP Armenia Trip

Last summer we hosted a special 25th Anniversary Trip to Armenia for friends and donors of the Armenian EyeCare Project. Our Armenia Adventure was such a success that we are planning a second trip this fall!


Nairi Rostomian

Rather than receiving gifts this year for her 22nd birthday, Nairi Rostomian decided to donate her special day to a good cause.


corneal transplants in Armeni

Since our Cornea Transplant Program began in 2016, we have provided over 70 cornea transplants in Armenia thanks to our generous donors and their contributions. However, there are still many Armenians on the list awaiting surgery. One of them is Armine.


corneal transplants in Armenia

In 2016, the Armenian EyeCare Project began a Cornea Transplant Program, asking donors to sponsor the surgery for those in Armenia who needed it. Here are the stories of three Armenians who recently received cornea transplants because of your support.


serzh sargsyan

A few days before our 25th Anniversary Gala, AECP Founder Dr. Roger Ohanesian received a letter from President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, who congratulated him and the Armenian EyeCare Project on 25 years of service in Armenia.


It’s been a momentous year for our organization with much to celebrate. It culminated with an extra-special AECP 25th Anniversary Gala.


Every year for the past decade, a group of Armenian-Americans in Racine, Wisconsin organize a Golf Outing for their community and donate proceeds from the event to the Armenian EyeCare Project. This year was the group’s 10th Annual Golf Outing and it had the biggest turnout yet!


Armenian EyeCare Project Founder & President Dr. Roger Ohanesian has a few words for friends and supporters of the AECP.


Another year, another World Sight Day celebrated in Armenia. The AECP has been honoring the annual day of awareness, which focuses on global attention on blindness and vision impairment, for over a decade now. Find out how we celebrated this year.


On September 21, 1991, the people of Armenia voted to proclaim independence from the Soviet Union. Though challenging at first, the courageous move toward self-governance has led to much progress in Armenia, including the state of medical care in the country. The Armenian EyeCare Project is proud to have been involved in this evolution from the very beginning.


Last year, the Armenian EyeCare Project began a cornea transplant program, asking donors to sponsor the surgery for those in Armenia who needed it. Here are the stories of three Armenians who recently received cornea transplants because of your support.


Dan Yessian, an award-winning composer, producer and musician, has been a proud donor of the Armenian EyeCare Project for years. Now his dream is to inspire others to give to the same cause he cares so deeply about.


The AECP visits Armenia twice a year on Medical Missions, but this was the first time a group of donors joined the trip in celebration of our 25th Anniversary.


Kapan Regional Eye Clinic

One major accomplishment during the AECP’s 25th Anniversary Medical Mission and Trip to Armenia was the grand opening of our third Regional Eye Clinic in Armenia and the first-ever eye clinic in the southernmost province of Armenia.


Berge Kayaian

When you ask Berge Kayaian why he supports the AECP his answer is simple: he understands there is a solution to eye disease and he knows that he can help. Most recently, Kayaian has sponsored the operating room of our Regional Eye Clinic in Kapan and has dedicated it to his late mother.


To commemorate 25 years of service, each month this year, we will feature a key element of our organization that has allowed us to bring eye care to the people of Armenia. This month, we write about our Low Vision Clinic — the only clinic of its kind in the Caucasus.


“I have a policy,” said Luther J. Khachigian. “The more you give, the more you get.” That has been the 81-year-old’s mantra for as long as he can remember — and it’s more applicable now than ever. Khachigian, a longtime supporter of the AECP, has underwritten our fourth Regional Eye Clinic!


To commemorate 25 years of service, each month this year, we will feature a key element of our organization that has allowed us to bring eye care to the people of Armenia. This month, we share our strategy for delivering eye care to hundreds of thousands of people in Armenia — a comprehensive, five-point program that works.


Last year, the Armenian EyeCare Project began a cornea transplant program, asking donors to sponsor the surgery for those in Armenia who needed it. Here are the stories of three Armenians who recently received cornea transplants because of your support.


To commemorate 25 years of service, each month this year, we will feature a key element of our organization that has allowed us to bring eye care to the people of Armenia. This month, we write about our partnership with USAID, which has made it possible for us to offer eye care to the most vulnerable in Armenia.


To reduce vision impairment and blindness from diabetic eye disease in Armenia, the World Diabetes Foundation has awarded the Armenian EyeCare Project a $200,000 grant for a three-year diabetes program.


To commemorate 25 years of service, each month this year, we will feature a key element of our organization that has allowed us to bring eye care to the people of Armenia. This month, we share the story of our Mobile Eye Hospital, a state-of-the-art surgical suite on wheels that travels throughout Armenia to provide eye care.


The Armenian EyeCare Project has been named a Four-Star Charity — the highest rating possible — by Charity Navigator, the largest charity watchdog agency in the U.S.!


This summer, the Armenian EyeCare Project will embark on a special Mission trip to Armenia in celebration of our 25th Anniversary and we want you to join us for this unforgettable trip!


To commemorate 25 years of service, each month this year, we will feature a key element of our organization that has allowed us to bring eye care to the people of Armenia. This month, we tell the tale of our first AECP fellows — four physicians in Armenia who were selected to study ophthalmology abroad and return to Armenia to open subspecialty clinics.


Last year, the Armenian EyeCare Project began a cornea transplant program, asking donors to sponsor the surgery for those in Armenia who needed it. Below are the stories of three Armenians who received cornea transplants because of your support.


As the Armenian EyeCare Project enters its 25th year of providing quality eye care to Armenia, we’re pleased to announce our three new board members who will help facilitate our success for many years to come.


To commemorate 25 years of service, each month this year the Armenian EyeCare Project will feature a key element of our organization that has allowed us to bring eye care to the people of Armenia. This month, we share the story of how the Project came to be.


Ten-year-old Azniv Basralian wanted to do something special for those less fortunate this Christmas season and she asked her Sunday School class to join her.


After training for several years, Dr. Tadevos Hovhannisyan performed his first vitreo-retinal surgery in Armenia last summer without any on-site assistance.


If you’ve been to our AECP Store, you’ve probably noticed our custom-designed notecards and Christmas cards. But do you know how our beautiful AECP cards came to be?


Festivities for the celebration of our 25th Anniversary have begun! In the last few weeks, the Armenian EyeCare Project has hosted two dinners for our friends and donors.


On October 13, 2016, we celebrated World Sight Day in Armenia — an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.


We’re pleased to announce the launch of our 25th Anniversary and look forward to celebrating the milestone with our friends and supporters!


We are “Kicking Off” our third Regional Eye Clinic — in Kapan, Syunik — with a crowdfunding campaign! Our goal is to raise $10,000 so we can purchase 11 much-needed pieces of equipment for the clinic.


A few months ago, we shared with you the critical need for cornea transplants among many patients in Armenia. More than 100 Armenians were in need of a transplant to save their sight, but most could not afford the cost. We reached out and asked for your help. As always, you — our wonderful friends and supporters — responded.


Last fall, Zhora, a 16-year-old boy from the village of Tsovinar, began to experience eye problems. He had blurred vision and, at times, the pain was so severe it became a struggle for him to open his eyes.


Born premature, baby Marina was diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in both of her eyes. She would need laser surgery immediately to avoid a lifetime of blindness.


An undergraduate student at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), Nairi Rostomian recounts her experience joining the Armenian EyeCare Project as a medical observer during our 52nd Medical Mission to Armenia this summer.


Perhaps the most exciting achievement from our most recent Medical Mission to Armenia was the grand opening of our second Regional Eye Clinic in Armenia — and the first-ever eye clinic in the Lori province — the John and Hasmik Mgrdichian AECP Regional Eye Clinic in Spitak, Lori.


A third-year medical student at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, Anna Ter-Zakarian recounts her experience joining the Armenian EyeCare Project as a medical observer during our 52nd Medical Mission to Armenia this summer.


After an action-packed 10 days in Armenia, we’ve completed our most recent Medical Mission to the country — marking our 52nd trip to the motherland since the Armenian EyeCare Project was founded in 1992.


In Armenia, more than 100 people are waiting for a corneal transplant. Most are blind or nearly blind because they don’t have the money — $800 — for surgery.


A dear friend of the Armenian EyeCare Project, Dr. Wong works closely with the AECP to train and mentor Armenian physicians. During his last trip to Armenia in March, Dr. Wong’s itinerary was packed with sight-saving screenings and surgeries.


This year, the Armenian EyeCare Project and Ucom will work together to coordinate free eye exams for more than 12,000 Armenians throughout Armenia.


We’ve got exciting news: The AECP is growing its team and we’re thrilled to announce Rostom Sarkissian as our new Director of Development!


​For four years, Lilit’s vision had been getting increasingly worse. Two months ago, she was diagnosed with advanced keratoconus in both eyes. The only way to save her sight was a cornea transplant, but like so many others, Lilit’s family could not afford the cost for surgery.


A third-year medical student at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, Anna Ter-Zakarian recounts her experience participating in the Armenian EyeCare Project’s Medical Observership program in December 2015.


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