In a continuing effort to reduce the incidence of avoidable blindness and visual impairment among the socio-economically disadvantaged populations of various regions of Armenia and Artsakh, the Garo Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology (the Meghrigian Institute) launched a campaign in the Martuni region of Artsakh. The Meghirigian Institute is part of the American University of Armenia (AUA) School of Public Health (SPH).
Free eye screenings were offered during the summer months to the residents of the town of Martuni, as well as the villages of Tchartar, Karmir Shuka, Berdashen, and Gishi. Over 280 patients received eye screenings, and patients who were diagnosed with eye pathologies received free ophthalmic consultation about their diagnosis and further treatment.
Those with any type of refractive errors or presbyopia (207 people) received eye glasses from the Meghrigian Institute. Close to 260 eye glasses were distributed in October to the screened residents, some of whom receiving two eyeglasses to correct both nearsightedness and farsightedness.
The Meghrigian Institute has on-going projects in different regions of Artsakh and recently donated medical equipment to regional hospitals in Kashatagh, Hadrut, and Martuni.
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.