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Uploaded on Apr 24, 2009
The American Academy of Ophthalmology presented its first EyeSmart™ Distinguished Service Award to Norm Abram, master carpenter of the PBS series This Old House and host of The New Yankee Workshop. The award honors Mr. Abram for his steadfast commitment to safety and the prevention of eye injuries.
An estimated 2.5 million eye injuries occur annually in the U.S, with 50,000 people suffering significant vision loss as a result. Half of these injuries happen in and around the home, in common places like the workshop, garden or garage. In an effort to combat the rate of household eye injuries, the Academy and the American Society of Ocular Trauma recommend that every household in America have at least one pair of ANSI-approved* protective eyewear to be worn when doing projects and activities at home to safeguard against eye injuries.