In April 2016, Garo Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology (Meghrigian Institute) of the American University of Armenia (AUA) School of Public Health launched its annual eye screening program among socially vulnerable children.
The staff of the Meghrigian Institute visited Achapnyak Social Care Center which currently serves 105 children of school age. Ninety two children participated in detailed eye screenings. Thirty two children were found to suffer from eye disorders. Twenty children were diagnosed with refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Five children were prescribed eye glasses which were distributed to them for free by the Meghrigian Institute. Nine children diagnosed with eye diseases including infection, allergic conjunctivitis, accommodation spasm, and meibomitis received medical assistance from the Meghrigian Institute. Those who had other eye conditions such as strabismus, iris melanosis and congenital cataract were referred to specialized centers for more detailed examination. Meghrigian Institute plans to visit “Gavar children home” later this year.
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.