Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Women's Eye Health and Safety March 2011

L to R: Nadine Bray, Bonnie Becmer and Carol Canales

Of the many health differences between men and women, you may not be aware of the fact that women are more affected by eye disease and other eye conditions than men. Every year, more women than men are diagnosed with eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

A 2008 study from Prevent Blindness America and the National Eye Institute consistently showed that more women are diagnosed with major eye disease. And, of the more than 3.6 million Americans age 40 and older who suffer from visual impairment, including blindness, 2.3 million (over 2/3rds) are women.

April is designated as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month in an effort to encourage women to make their vision health a priority and schedule a dilated eye exam.

An eye exam cannot only help to protect your vision, it can uncover evidence of other diseases including diabetes and hypertension. For eye diseases such as glaucoma, the damaging effects may be detected through an eye exam before you notice any symptoms. In fact, by the time symptoms start to appear, some permanent damage to the eye has usually occurred.

Women are also more susceptible to dry eye syndrome, a condition where not enough natural tears are produced, you produce poor-quality tears or you have eyelid problems. Approximately 6 million women and 3 million men have moderate to severe symptoms of dry eye syndrome.

Regarding Eye Safety

Of the 2.5 million eye injuries that occur annually, almost half of them happen at home and more than 30% of all home eye injuries require emergency room care. Eye injury is one of the leading causes of visual impairment in the United States.

The most common eye injuries occur when doing lawn work, kitchen projects or when using harsh chemicals. Flying debris or nails were the cause of most eye injuries with blunt objects a close second. The most common eye injuries are abrasions, lacerations, or other eye irritations.

Fortunately, 90% of all eye injuries can be prevented by using protective eyewear. When starting any project, whether it be cleaning surfaces with chemicals or doing yard work, Prevent Blindness America recommends everyone wear eyewear approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The eyewear should have the “Z-87” logo stamped on the frames and can be purchased at hardware stores and home building centers.

Posted by Nadine Bray Women's Issues chair

Supt. Brandyburg-Guest Speaker at March 9th DAR Meeting

The March 9, 2011 Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution monthly meeting was held at the Trinity United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Southport, NC at 10:00. The guest speaker was Superintendent H. Tyrone Brandyburg from Moores Creek. Brandyburg showed a power point presentation of what Moores Creek is all about. Anyone wishing to visit or view information about Morres Creek can contact Tyrone Brandyburg at:

Moores Creek National Battlefield
200 Moores Creek Rd
Currie, NC 28435
Contact: H.Tyrone Brandyburg
Business:(910) 283-5591

The Battle of Moores Creek

The Battle of Moores Creek is held the last weekend in February each year. Re-enactors representing both Patriot and Loyalist militias demonstrate military camp life, musket and artillery firing and broadsword use.

Our Brunswick Town Chapter of the DAR associate chapter member Carol Jutte and her husband Jim Johnson provided the slideshow below. You will see the following items: a blacksmith, a lady spinning wool, a powder horn maker, children playing with ring toys, men making bullets, a man and woman cooking sausage, a doctor holding a gun & medical wagon, a man playing taps, the firing muskets after the laying of the wreaths, solders at attention. You will see Gwen Causey, regent & Carol Jutte holding the DAR New Brunswick Town Chapter flag. You will also see ladies from the Brunswick Town Chapter, the drum & bugle core, and speaker Superinetndent H. Tyrone Brandyburg from Moores Creek Battlefield.

Moores Creek Battlefield 2011

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