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Dade City, FL—August is National Eye Exam month, the perfect time to recommend that your patients schedule a comprehensive eye exam.

The Vision Council of America notes that 12.2 million Americans require some sort of vision correction but don't use any. Nearly 50% of parents with children under 12 have never taken their children to an eyecare professional.

Here are five reasons to share with your patients about why they should have an eye examination:

1. Save a headache. If you have been having unexplained, constant headaches, your solution could be visiting your optometrist. An eyecare professional can pinpoint the problem of your headaches.

2. Perform well in school. One out of every four children has vision problems. A common reason children fall behind in school is poor, undetected vision. Taking your children to the optometrist can detect an eyesight problem that can contribute to learning and reading difficulties.

3. Determine prescription. Your eyes change over time. An optometrist can determine if you need eyeglasses or contact lenses, or if you need a stronger prescription to reduce eyestrain and help you see better.

4. Detect eye conditions. An optometrist is able to spot the early onset signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, glaucoma, and high cholesterol just by conducting an eye exam.

5. Prevent conditions. Many serious eye diseases often have no symptoms. An optometrist will see the early signs of diseases, such as macular degeneration or cataracts. Early detection is important to prevent serious damage.

http://optometrytimes.modernmedicine.com/optometrytimes/news/5-reasons-observe-national-eye-exam-month

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Each June, generic the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month as a time to bring attention to key safety issues. As you plan your 2014 safety calendar, capsule please join the Council and thousands of organizations across the country to reduce risk of the following safety issues:

Week 1: Prevent prescription drug abuse

Week 2: Stop slips, trips and falls

Week 3: Be aware of your surroundings

Week 4: Put an end to distracted driving

Bonus week: Summer safety

The 2014 National Safety Month theme, "Safety: It takes all of us," was inspired by the idea of continuous risk reduction - a key pillar in the Journey to Safety Excellence. A successful safety program depends on spotting hazards early, evaluating their risk and removing or controlling them before harm is done. Use this June to find creative ways to engage everyone in reducing risk in your workplaces. A little effort today has the potential to prevent tragedy tomorrow.

Source Safety Month http://www.nsc.org

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Sun Safety

With one in five Americans developing skin cancer, childhood education about sun safety is a vital step toward reducing risk and improving public health. Overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays seriously threatens human health. Besides the immediate effect of sunburn, over time excess UV radiation can cause skin cancer, eye damage, immune system suppression, and premature aging. About 23 percent of lifetime sun exposure occurs before the age of 18. Learning about sun safety and dangers of sunbeds is the key to reducing the risk of future health problems.

Water Safety

According to NSC Injury Facts, 3,858 people died in 2008 due to drowning, including swimming and water transport accidents. More than one in five drowning victims are children 14-years-old and younger, and for every child who dies from drowning, another four receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Most drowning and near-drowning incidents happen when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub.

Surviving the Hot Weather

Heat illness includes a range of disorders that result when your body is exposed to more heat than it can handle. Anybody not accustomed to hot weather is at risk of suffering from heatstroke (the most serious and life-threatening heat-related illness) as well as heat exhaustion and heat cramps.

Impaired Driving

In 2010, there were 10,228 deaths in crashes involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher – 31 percent of all traffic fatalities for the year. While it is illegal to drive with a .08 blood alcohol concentration in all 50 states, driving ability can be impaired below the legal limit too. If you are drinking, do not drive. If you plan to drink, designate a non-drinking driver.

Fireworks Safety

Summer brings picnics, barbecues, parades and fireworks displays, especially around the 4th of July. Summer also brings an increase in injuries from backyard grills, bonfires and fireworks. In 2010, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500, reported fires, including 1,100 structure fires. These fires resulted in an estimated 8,600 people treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries, 39 percent of whom were under 15 years of age.

Source Get Ready for Summer

http://www.nsc.org/safety_home/SafetyObservances/Pages/SummerSafety.aspx

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DRILL PIPE DISLODGED FROM PIPE BIN DURING DRIFTING OPERATIONS

What Happened:

While using a drift mandrel to determine the inside diameter of the drill pipe and check for obstructions (rabbiting), a joint of drill pipe was knocked out of a vertical storage bin. To assist in the drifting operations, an employee was suspended in a man-cage above the pipe racks. The top of the joint of pipe came in contact with the cage-suspended employee's foot. The contact dislodged the pipe from the vertical pipe storage bin and it fell outward towards the cab of the crane below where it entered the front of the windscreen and landed between the legs of the crane operator. The crane operator was unable to exit the crane cab prior to impact and sustained slight abrasions to his left calf.

Select the link to continue reading:http://www.iadc.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/SA-13-05.pdf

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March 12,2013

MIDLAND, TX – Midland Mayor Wes Perry made an appearance on National Television to discuss the Tall City's thriving economy. Mayor Perry was invited onto the Fox Business Channel in New York City to talk about Midland having the nation's lowest unemployment rate. He tells me west Texans should be proud.

Midland's 3.4 percent unemployment rate has all eyes on west Texas.

Select link to continue reading: http://www.cbs7.com/news/details.asp?ID=42833

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