Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology (Meghrigian Institute) completed eye screenings among people who live in Vardenis Neuropsychological Retirement Home, which currently serves around 430 people that started in July 2016. Only 299 people were able to participate in the detailed eye screenings. Women constituted the majority of participants (57.2%). Refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia were found in 110 participants. Meghrigian Institute distributed 120 free eye glasses to them. Other eye conditions such as infections, allergic conjunctivitis, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic angiopathy, hypertonic retinopathy and macular degeneration were diagnosed in 160 patients. All patients with any eye diseases received free ophthalmic consultation and medical treatment prescription from the Meghrigian Institute. Five patients with mature and over mature cataract, who needed cataract surgery, were referred to the Sevan Lion’s Regional Ophthalmic Unit (ROU) for free eye surgeries. Three patients with overmature cataract received the surgery at Sevan ROU in October, 2016, and two patients with mature cataract will get the cataract surgery in January, 2017.
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