Eye Care Fund
The Eye Care Project began in February 2015 to address the diagnosis and treatment of children with serious vision problems. According to Prevent Blindness America, one in four school-aged children have vision problems that, if left untreated, can affect learning ability, personality and adjustment in school. Most eye diseases can be effectively treated. Because these conditions often do not manifest symptoms in early stages, however, children are unaware of the disease until it progresses to a more advanced stage.
Children undergo initial screening by ophthalmologists. Exams include a case history, vision testing, eye health evaluation, determination of treatment plan, and routine follow-up appointments. Children with vision problems are treated accordingly. The Project is implemented by SOAR-Washington DC Metro in cooperation with Gyumri Social Childcare Center and Mari Izmirlyan Orphanage.
140 children from GSCC and Nansen received eye care screenings thanks to the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation. Those who had problems were referred for medical examinations and Mkrtich from the foundation provided glasses that can be used after having prescriptions by eye doctor.
Two children from Gavar Orphanage received eye examinations, receiving needed eyedrops, contact lenses, and glasses.
Three more children from Gyumri Social Childcare Center received eyeglasses
Children from Gyumri Social Childcare Center who received eye glasses through the SOAR eye-care fund
Four more children received eye examinations
Five children from Gyumri Social Childcare Center received eye examinations
Hakob was able to receive treatment through the Eye Care Fund
13 children from Mari Izmirlyan received eye examinations, 8 receiving needed glasses, and 4 receiving needed eye drops thanks to the SOAR Eye Care Project
Children from Mari Izmirlyan receiving eye exams and glasses
The new portable eye lamp in action
A portable lamp purchased for eye examinations
The kids from Mari Izmirlyan at the Shengavit Medical Center for eye exams and choosing their glasses.
Children receiving assistance thanks to the SOAR Eye Care Project