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Khachigian's Children's Story

When the EyeCare Project recognized the need to develop a program to combat Retinopathy of Prematurity, a dreadful but preventable eye disease, that causes rapid and irreversible blindness in premature infants, Luther Khachigian — 2014 Gala Honoree — immediately came forward. Not once, not twice, but three times — in addition to his extraordinarily generous contributions — Mr. Khachigian purchased a RetCam, a piece of equipment required to diagnose and treat this horrific disease blinding Armenia’s premature infants.

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80% OF ALL EYE DISEASE IS PREVENTABLE OR CURABLE

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Which Shape is Larger?

Face or the Word “Liar?”

Stare at One of the Lobster’s Eyes

Eye Safety in Sports

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.

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Approximately 16% or 20.5 million Americans 40 years and older have cataracts.

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Ucom Sponsors Eye Exams

Thanks to support from Ucom, a telecommunications company in Armenia, more than 12,000 Armenians throughout the country will receive free eye exams, administered by the EyeCare Project, in 2016. Ucom will sponsor the exams, which will serve approximately 8,000 adults and 4,000 children and include those living in the Ararat, Vayots Dzor, Syunik and Armavir regions.

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Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the middle and low income countries.

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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.

Myth: It is okay to swim while wearing soft contact lenses.

Fact: No, it is not okay to swim while wearing contact lenses. Serious or potentially blinding eye infections can result from swimming or even using a hot tub while wearing contact lenses.

Myth: Using a nightlight in your child's room will contribute to nearsightedness.

Fact: There is not enough evidence to support this claim. Keeping a nightlight on in your baby's room may actually help them learn to focus and develop important eye coordination skills when they are awake.

Bequests and Wills

Remembering the EyeCare Project in your will contributes to the Project’s long term financial strength, ensuring access to eye care for the people in Armenia. It is also the easiest major gift you can make. It’s simple, flexible and revocable if your plans or circumstances change. It costs you nothing during your lifetime, preserves your savings and cash flow, and allows you to be far more generous than you ever thought possible.

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