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).
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: 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.
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. For adults, the frequency depends on your doctor's advice and may be every two years or more often. If you have diabetes or an eye disease, you should have a comprehensive eye exam every year.
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.
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.