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American Academy of Ophthalmology Honors PBS Master Carpenter Norm Abram for His Commitment to Eye Safety
Date:4/23/2009

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. Michael E. Capuano

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Ophthalmology announced today that it is presenting its first EyeSmart(TM) 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.

"Norm Abram has saved countless Americans from unnecessary vision loss because of his reminders of the importance of eye safety while doing home projects," said David W. Parke II, M.D., executive vice president and CEO of the Academy. "His commitment to protective eye wear for three decades has rightfully earned him the respect and gratitude of ophthalmologists. This award recognizes his contribution to our joint goal of preventing eye injuries."

"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 April 23 in the office of Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-Mass.), a long-time supporter of
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