In December 2016, Garo Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology (Meghrigian Institute) of the Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health distributed 100 eye glasses to the beneficiaries of the Armenian Caritas Day Care Centers for the Elderly in Gyumri and Gavar cities.
The staff of the Meghrigian Institute screened 76 and 31 beneficiaries of the Armenian Caritas Day Care Centers for Elderly in Gyumri and Gavar, respectively in late fall 2016. Women constituted the majority of the beneficiaries (84.1%). Refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia were found in 89 participants. Other eye conditions such as infections, allergic conjunctivitis, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic angiopathy, hypertonic retinopathy and macular degeneration were diagnosed in 103 patients. All patients with eye problems received free ophthalmic consultation, medical treatment prescription, and free eye glasses from the Meghrigian Institute.
The AUA School of Public Health works actively to improve population health and health services in Armenia and the region through interdisciplinary education and development of public health professionals to be leaders in public health, health services research and evaluation, and health care delivery and management.