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: 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.
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.