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Planned Giving

Armen Vardanyan

Armen Vardanyan, the Armenian EyeCare Project’s (AECP) first Fellow, views his selection as “both a great honor and a big responsibility.” Chosen in 1996 as the first AECP-AAMSOC (Armenian American Medical Society of California) Scholars participant, Armen studied with Dr. Barry Kuppermann at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

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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 eyeglasses that are too strong or have the wrong prescription will damage the eyes.

Fact: Eyeglasses change the light rays that the eye receives. They do not change any part of the eye itself. Wearing glasses that are too strong or otherwise wrong for the eyes cannot harm an adult's vision, although it might result in a temporary headache.

Myth: NEVER sit too close to the TV.

Fact: There is no scientific evidence that sitting too close to the TV is bad for your eyes.

Myth: Doing eye exercises will keep you from needing glasses.

Fact: Eye Exercises do not enhance or preserve vision or diminish the need for glasses. Your vision relies on the shape of your eyes, the health of your eye tissues, and many other factors, none of which can be appreciably altered with eye exercises.

Anthony Aldave, M.D.

Joining Roger Ohanesian and a team of AECP doctors on the Armenian EyeCare Project’s 26th Medical Mission in June 2005, Dr. Anthony Aldave performed the country’s first artificial cornea implant.

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An estimated 3.1% of deaths worldwide are directly or indirectly due to cataract, glaucoma, trachoma & onchocerciasis.

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Shant Korkigian

Twenty-three-year-old Shant Korkigian, a second year student at the Medical School of the Michigan State University, never thought medicine would be his career choice. While one might think that following in his father’s footsteps — a successful physician — would be an easy and obvious choice, Shant says, “I wanted to make my own career selection.

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