Garo Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology_Eye health education
Meghrigian Institute organizes public and professional education through various blindness prevention seminars and conferences.
Meghrigian Institute Completes Ophthalmic Trainings in Gegharkunik and Tavush marzes
Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology conducted a 4-day training on “Ophthalmic Diseases and Modern Diagnostic and Treatment Methods” among ophthalmologists of 4 Gegharkunik and Tavush marzes in May 11-26, 2013. The training course was organized at the
Lions Regional Ophthalmic Unit (ROU) in Sevan. Four of the participants were from Martuni, Gavar and Sevan towns of Gegharkunik marz and two participants were from Ijevan and Berd towns of Tavush marz.
Dr. Varsik Hakobyan, an Ophthalmic Consultant at Meghrigian Institute and an experienced practicing ophthalmologist, conducted the training course, which covered anatomy and physiology of eyes, refractive errors, main eye diseases, and new methods in diagnostic and treatment procedures. All participants received certificates from the Meghrigian Institute in recognition of successful completion of the course. The training course helped the participants to refresh their knowledge and skills and stay current with advances in ophthalmology. By enhancing the professional skills of ophthalmologists in Armenian marzes, Meghrigian Institute helps to improve the quality of ophthalmic care available to patients living in marzes and prevent avoidable blindness in Armenia.
Meghrigian Institute Continues Ophthalmic Trainings in Gegharkunik Marz
As part of its mission to educate health providers and establish an ophthalmic care and prevention network to expand service delivery to under-served populations in need of affordable, accessible, and high quality eye care services for prevention and treatment of blindness at all levels the Meghrigian Institute of Preventive Ophthalmology of the Center for Health Services Research and Development continued the series of 2-day trainings on “Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Ophthalmic Diseases at the Primary Health Care Level” in Gegharkunik marz, on September 24-25, 2011. The training course was designed for the primary health care (PHC) nurses and was carried out at the Lions Regional Ophthalmic Unit (ROU) in Sevan. The 16 participants were from five main cities of Gegharkunik marz: Tchambarak, Vardenis, Gavar, Martuni and Sevan.
Dr. Varsik Hakobyan, Ophthalmic Consultant of Meghrigian Institute, covered the following topics during the training: anatomy and
physiology of eyes, main eye diseases, eye injuries, and diagnostic and treating procedures in ophthalmology; she also covered prevention of eye diseases. The training course had a specific focus on eye diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
The PHC nurses of Gegharkunik marz expanded their theoretical and practical skills in ophthalmology. All participants received a brochure about basics of ophthalmology designed for primary health care nurses. At the end of the training course participants received certificates from the Meghrigian Institute in recognition of successful completion of the course.
All the participants were very pleased with the 2-day training and expressed their gratitude to the organizers and especially to the instructor Dr. Varsik Hakobyan for her comprehensive and dedicated teaching.
On December 18 -19, 2010 Meghrigian Institute of Preventive Ophthalmology organized 2-day training course on “Diagnosis and Treatment of Ophthalmic Diseases at the Primary Health Care Level” in Gegharkunik marz.
Training course was designed for the primary health care specialists and was carried out at the Lions Regional Ophthalmic Unit (ROU) ) in Sevan.
Primary health care specialists were invited from 5 cities of Gegharkunik marz: Tchambarak, Gavar, Vardenis, Martuni and Sevan. Mainly participants were from Tchambarak, Vardenis and Sevan. Overall 14 physicians with different specialty (family physicians, therapists, pediatricians and endocrinologists) were completed the course.
Ophthalmic Consultant of Meghrigian Institute of Preventive Ophthalmology, Varsik Hakobyan trained the primary health care specialists covering following topics: anatomy and physiology of the eye, main eye diseases, eye injuries and diagnostic and treating procedures in
ophthalmology. Participants got theoretical and practical knowledge regarding ophthalmology. The training course was designed having specific focus on eye diseases such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. The primary health care specialists of Gegharkunik marz become more aware of eye diseases, its prevention and diagnosis.
At the end of training course, all participants got certificates for successful completion of the course. Brochures about basics of ophthalmology and Sivtsev chart were distributed to the participants by the Meghrigian Institute.
Over 100 clinicians representing all levels of ophthalmologic service in Armenia attended this conference which highlighted international perspectives on the epidemiology of eye diseases and population-based strategies to prevent blindness. The keynote speakers were Professor Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS, Dean, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and R. Pararajasegaram, MD, DSc, FRCS, FRCP, FRCOphth, Consultant Ophthalmologist, World Health Organization
Seminar on Blindness Prevention in Armenia. Annual Meeting of the Ophthalmic Society of Armenia (Clinical Seminar, September, 2000).
More than 50 ophthalmologists from Yerevan attended the seminar. Among the guests were Sarkis H. Soukiasian, MD, Director, Vision Correction Center (Boston, USA) and Paul C. Barsam, MD, F.A.C.S., Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology.