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

eye health issues. "Eye safety and eye care are important health issues," said Rep. Capuano. "They often do not receive sufficient attention. I am pleased to recognize Mr. Abram's advocacy on these issues, and I congratulate him on receiving this award."

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, Norm Abram's New House, Measure Twice, Cut Once, and The New Yankee Workshop Kids' Stuff, all published by Little, Brown and Company. He has also contributed to '/>"/>

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