Meghrigian Institute organized eye screening among children living in Gavar Children’s Home

In October, 2015, Meghrigian Institute celebrated World Sight Day (WSD) by organizing free eye screenings for the children living in Gavar Children’s Home orphanage.

The staff of the Meghrigian Institute visited Gavar Children’s Home, which currently serves 64 school-age children. Fifty five children participated in detailed eye screenings. Out of them, 10 children were found to suffer from different types of refractive errors. The children in need received free eyeglasses from the Meghrigian Institute. Sixteen children were diagnosed with different eye pathologies including infections, allergic conjunctivitis, amblyopia, blepharitis and aniridia. Children diagnosed with aniridia received ophthalmic eye lenses and those with other eye disorders received free ophthalmic consultation and treatment from the Meghrigian Institute.
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Meghrigian Institute Completed Eye Screenings among Adult Population in Martuni Province of Artsakh

In July, 2015, Meghrigian Institute completed a project aimed at reducing the incidence of avoidable blindness and visual impairment among socio-economically disadvantaged population in Martuni provinces of Artsakh. The project targeted population living in Martuni town and Tchartar, Karmir shuka, Berdashen and Gishi villages. Overall, 280 patients received ophthalmic examination in the scope of the project. Patients diagnosed with eye pathologies received free ophthalmic consultation about their diagnosis and further treatment, and those with refractive errors or presbyopia received eye glasses from the Meghrigian Institute.
Close to 260 eye glasses were distributed to the screened population, some of whom received two eyeglasses to correct both nearsightedness and farsightedness.

The Institute plans to expand the eye screenings to other provinces of Artsakh such as Askeran, Martakert and Shushi in the coming years.

Meghrigian Institute Provides Eye Services to World War II Veterans

In May 2015, Meghrigian Institute launched an eye screening program for World War II veterans living in Yerevan to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory. The staff of the Meghrigian Institute worked with the Armenian Veterans’ Association, which currently serves around 400 veterans. Thirty-seven veterans participated in detailed eye screenings. Thirty participants were found to suffer from refractive errors. Thirty-three veterans were prescribed eye glasses which were distributed to them for free by the Meghrigian Institute. Other eye conditions such as infections, allergic conjunctivitis, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic angiopathy, hypertonic retinopathy and macular degeneration were diagnosed in 31 veterans. All veterans with eye diseases received free ophthalmic consultation and medical treatment prescription from the Meghrigian Institute.

Meghrigian Institute Focuses on Vision Related Quality of Life

Eye examinations among patients who underwent cataract surgery at Sevan Regional Ophthalmic Unit in Gegharkunik marz

In October 2014, Garo Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology (Meghrigian Institute) of the AUA School of Public Health celebrated the World Sight Day by launching the project “Visual impairment and vision – related quality of life among patients with cataract surgery in Sevan Regional Ophthalmic Unit, Gegharkunik marz”. The project included free eye screenings among patients who underwent cataract surgery at the ophthalmic clinic in Sevan, Gegharkunik, and assessment of their vision-related outcomes and quality of life. Meghrigian Institute screened 211 patients. The project has covered several towns in Gegharkunik marz (Sevan, Gavar, Martuni, Vardenis, and Tchambarak) and other cities in Armenia, including Hrazdan, Charentsavan, and Yerevan.

Meghrigian Institute Completed Eye Screenings among Adult Population in Hadrut Region of Artsakh

In July 2014, AUA’s Garo Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology implemented free eye screenings among people with diabetes and the general population living in Hadrut region of Artsakh. This project targeted population living in Hadrut, as well as population living in Ukhtadzor, Togh and Tumi villages. A total of 251 patents underwent detailed eye examination and received free ophthalmic consultation; Meghrigean Institute distributed 168 eye frames to those in need. Meghrigian Institute plans to have eye screenings among people living in other regions of Artsakh such as Askeran, Martuni, Martakert and Shushi in the coming years.

Meghrigian Institute Completed Eye Screening among Adult Population in Shahumian Province of Artsakh

In October 2013, AUA’s Garo Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology completed a project aimed at reducing the incidence of avoidable blindness and visual impairment among socio-economically disadvantaged population in Shahumian region of Artsakh. Meghrigian Institute conducted free eye screenings for the residents of Karvachar and Aknaberd towns, as well as Nor Brajur, Nor Verinshen, Tsar, Getashen, Dadivanq, Nor Erqej, Nor Karachinar, Yeghegnut and Nor Manashid villages. Overall, 98 patients received eye screenings. All patients diagnosed with eye pathologies received free ophthalmic consultation about their diagnosis and further treatment. Seventy two patients who had refractive errors or presbyopia received eye glasses from Meghrigian Institute. Some of them received two eye glasses for both near and far vision. Meghrigian Institute plans to continue its work in Artsakh.

Prevention of Blindness and Visual Impairment in Gegharkunik marz, Armenia

Garo Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology (Meghrigian Institute) of the College of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia is currently implementing a project aimed at reducing the incidence of blindness and visual impairment due to diabetic retinopathy in Gegharkunik marz of Armenia.

Diabetic retinopathy is a well-recognized complication of diabetes mellitus. Good control of diabetes significantly reduces the risk for diabetic retinopathy, while the treatment of retinopathy can reduce the risk for visual loss by more than 90%. Screening programs at early stages when treatment can prevent visual loss, as well as health education programs for persons with diabetes, help to prevent blindness due to diabetic retinopathy.

The first stage of the project included training primary health care providers on the importance of early detection of diabetic retinopathy and the need for regular ophthalmic examination of diabetic patients. Fourteen primary health care physicians and 29 nurses were trained by Meghrigian Institute at the Lions Regional Ophthalmic Unit in Sevan in September/October 2011.

Meghrigian Institute is now in the second stage of the project implementation, which focuses on free ophthalmic examinations of diabetes patients in regional centers and villages of Gegharkunik marz for early detection of diabetic retinopathy and assessment of possible eye complications due to diabetes. All diagnosed patients receive free ophthalmic consultation about the diagnosis and further treatment. In addition to free screening, diabetes patients receive educational brochures developed by Meghrigian Institute to increase patients’ awareness about diabetes management and prevention of diabetic retinopathy. To date, the Meghrigian Institute has covered 504 diabetes patients from Sevan, Gavar, Chambarak, Martuni and Vardenis, and continues its work in villages of Gegharkunik marz.

Meghrigian Institute has been involved in prevention of avoidable blindness since 1999 through scientific research, providing preventive screening services to vulnerable populations, strengthening ophthalmic services in regions of Armenia and trainings for health professionals and the general public.

Meghrigian Institute Visits Mary Ismirlyan Orphanage

In June-July 2012, Garo Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology (Meghrigian Institute) of the College of Health Sciences continued its annual eye screenings among socially vulnerable and orphaned children. This time it went to Mary Ismirlyan Orphanage. It currently serves 90 children. Sixty six children were available for detailed eye screening. Among them, 23 children were found to suffer from different types of refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Twelve children were prescribed eye glasses which were distributed to them for free by Meghrigian Institute. Forty-four children were diagnosed with more serious eye conditions such as infections, allergic conjunctivitis, dry eye syndrome, amblyopia, retinal dystrophy, blefaritis and eyelid chalasion. All children with eye diseases received medical assistance from Meghrigian Institute.
The next stop will be at Kharberd Specialized Orphanage.

Meghrigian Institute Continues its Annual Eye Screening Program among Socially Disadvantaged Children

On May 10, 2012 AUA’s Garo Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology (Meghrigian Institute) of the AUA College of Health Sciences launched its annual eye screening program among socially vulnerable children.
The staff of the Meghrigian Institute visited Achapnyak Social Care Center which currently serves 100 school aged children . Eighty one children were available for detailed eye screening. Among them, 23 children were found to suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Seventeen children were prescribed eye glasses which will be distributed to them by the Meghrigian Institute. More serious eye conditions such as infections, allergic conjunctivitis, dry eye syndrome, and uveitis were diagnosed in 35 children at the Achapnyak Center. All children with eye diseases received medical assistance from the Meghrigian Institute.
Meghrigian Institute will visit Mary Ismirlyan Orphange and Kharberd Specialized Orphanage in the coming months.