In May 2015, the American University of Armenia (AUA)’s Garo Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology (Meghrigian Institute) launched an eye screening program for World War II veterans living in Yerevan as a dedication to 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, the youngest of which was 86 years old. Of the participants, thirty were found to suffer from refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Thirty-three veterans were prescribed eye glasses which will be 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.