American Academy of Ophthalmology Honors PBS Master Carpenter Norm Abram for His Commitment to Eye Safety
Academy presents EyeSmart(TM) Award to Mr. Abram for 30-year dedication to promoting awareness of eye injuries
Presentation ceremony held in office of Rep.
"I'm honored to be receiving the EyeSmart Award," says Mr. Abram. "Eye safety is an important message that should be taught to everyone regardless of their skill level before beginning any project around the home or in the workshop. For the past thirty years, I have reiterated this message to millions of public television viewers, and I will continue to deliver this message for many years to come."
At the start of each episode of The New Yankee Workshop, Mr. Abram reminds viewers about the importance of shop safety. "Knowing how to use your power tools properly will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury," he says. "And remember this: there is no more important rule than to wear these -- safety glasses."
The EyeSmart Award will be presented at a ceremony
In addition, Mr. Abram will be a guest of honor at the Academy dinner held the same evening. The EyeSmart Award is named after the Academy's public awareness campaign, which empowers Americans to take charge of their eye health. A key partner in the campaign is EyeCare America, a public service program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
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.
Mr. Abram has been master carpenter of the Emmy Award-winning This Old House since the series' premiere in 1979, and host of The New Yankee Workshop since its premiere in 1989. Admired for his easy-going manner and common-sense approach to renovation, Mr. Abram is an uncompromising old-world craftsman and a pioneer who searches out new construction products and approaches. He has authored eight companion books, including Ask Norm, The New Yankee Workshop, Classics From The New Yankee Workshop, Mostly Shaker From The New Yankee Workshop, Outdoor Projects From The New Yankee Workshop,
Mr. Abram lives with his wife in a classic Colonial home that he built in
Learn more about eye injuries, names of Eye M.D.s in your area or ask an Eye M.D. a question by visiting www.GetEyeSmart.org.
About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons -- Eye M.D.s -- with more than 27,000 members worldwide. Eye health care is provided by the three "O's" - opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who can treat it all: eye diseases, infections and injuries, and perform eye surgery. To find an Eye M.D. in your area, visit the Academy's Web site at www.aao.org.
SOURCE American Academy of Ophthalmology