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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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Globally the major causes of visual impairment are:

Uncorrected refractive errors - 43%, unoperated cataract - 33%, glaucoma - 2%.

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Same Size White Bars?

How Many Legs Does This Elephant Have?

Which Frog has a Wider Mouth?

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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82% of people living with blindness are aged 50 and above.

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

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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: Holding a book too close is harmful to your eyes.

Fact: Children and adults who are nearsighted might need to get closer to a book. Doing so does not cause or worsen nearsightedness or any other kinds of eye problem.

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.

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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