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Michael's Medical Observership

On the plane, where I was planning to relax, I quickly learned that this was not going to be the vacation I had planned it to be. Dr. Ohanesian came over to my seat, showed me some statistics about eye disease in Armenia, briefly went over the goals of the AECP, and then asked me to come up with a curriculum to train doctors…I was confused, he was amused. He then gave me the patented “eyebrow” and walked to his seat, while I, completely lost, took the pen and pad he handed me and started to jot down ideas regarding a training curriculum. The advantage, of course, was that this did make the trip seem short.

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An estimated 1.4 million children are blind, 320,000 of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Face or the Word “Liar?”

Which of the Middle Circles Looks Bigger?

Are the Parallel Lines the Same Length?

Diabetic Eye Diseases

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the tiny blood vessels inside the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. A healthy retina is necessary for good vision. If you have diabetic retinopathy you may not notice any changes in your vision initially. However, over time, diabetic retinopathy can become worse and cause vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes.

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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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Lisa Volunteers

“The most valuable experience of my AECP internship was the general seeing, learning, and doing of the project’s objectives. The statistics compiled in the surveys came to life in Goris, where I sat in on meetings with the Ministers of Health, and edited grant proposals. I learned that change requires action, and action calls for dedication.”

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82% of people living with blindness are aged 50 and above.

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Myth: Reading too much fine print or in poor light will eventually harm your vision.

Fact: "It's like saying if you take a picture in poor light, then the camera is going to be damaged," said Rosen, who worked as a photographer before he went to medical school and became an ophthalmologist.

Myth: Children will outgrow lazy or crossed eyes.

Fact: Children are not able to outgrow strabismus – the medical term for crossed eyes – on their own but, with help, it can be easily corrected at a younger age. That's why it is important for your child to have an eye exam early, first when your child is an infant and then again by age two.

Myth: Using your eyes too much will wear them out.

Fact: We wouldn't lose our sense of smell by using our nose too much or our hearing by using our ears too much. The eyes were made for seeing. We won't lose our vision by using our eyes for their intended purpose.

Armenia's Population

In a country characterized by a high degree of ethnic homogeneity, there are an estimated 3 million people living in Armenia. Armenians constitute more than 95 percent of the republic’s population, with Yezidis comprising the largest minority and few Russian, Ukrainians, Georgians, Greek, Assyrians remaining.

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