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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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Approximately 2% or 2.2 million Americans 40 years and older have glaucoma.

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Is the Checkerboard Straight?

Are the Vertical Lines Parallel?

Which of the Middle Circles Looks Bigger?

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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Globally the major causes of visual impairment are:

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

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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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Globally the major causes of visual impairment are:

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

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Myth: Wearing contacts prevents nearsightedness from getting worse.

Fact: Wearing contact lenses will not permanently correct nearsightedness. Myopia or nearsightedness is usually an inherited condition, and contact lenses can only be expected to improve vision. They cannot prevent nearsightedness from getting worse.

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.

Myth: If you cross your eyes, they will stay that way.

Fact: Contrary to this old adage, your eyes will not stay crossed if you cross them.

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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