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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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Hyperopia or farsightedness is a common vision problem affecting about 25% of the population.

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Are the Reds the Same Color Red?

Are the Circles the Same Size?

Rabbit or Duck?

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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The global financial cost of childhood blindness is said to be between
$6 billion & $27 billion.

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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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Worldwide, up to 70% of childhood blindness is preventable.

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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: Reading fine print for too long will wear out or damage your eyes.

Fact: This is one of the most widely held myths about vision. Some people are concerned that they should not read too much because it will wear out their eyes. Although extensive or prolonged reading of fine print can cause eye strain, there is no evidence to suggest that it will damage or wear out your eyes.

Myth: Reading in dim light is harmful to your eyes.

Fact: Although reading in dim light makes your eyes feel tired, it is not harmful. It is always better to have appropriate lighting when you are reading or doing any task.

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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