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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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64% of people in the U.S. use eyeglasses.

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Myth: It is okay to swim while wearing soft contact lenses.

Fact: No, it is not okay to swim while wearing contact lenses. Serious or potentially blinding eye infections can result from swimming or even using a hot tub while wearing contact lenses.

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. Children should be tested at birth, at 6 months of age, before entering school and periodically throughout school years.

Myth: Squinting can damage your vision.

Fact: The worst thing that can result from squinting are those pesky wrinkles around your eyes knows as crow's feet. Although squinting doesn't actually hurt your eyes, it could be a sign of an underlying problem.

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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19% of people in the U.S. use contact lenses.

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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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