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July 7, 2014 

Chamber launches summer campaign

The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau has begun a summer campaign, "99 Days of Summer" to encourage locals and visitors to spend their summer in Ocean Springs. The campaign, which began on Memorial Day weekend, will run through Labor Day weekend.

The campaign features a list of 99 things to do in Ocean Springs highlighting the various shops, and restaurants, as well as summer camps, beach activities and tours. Many of the items are free and all are fun for the whole family. The campaign also includes a photo booth at the Ocean Springs Visitor Center.

Stop by the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce's Visitor Center at 1000 Washington Ave. to pick up your "99 Days of Summer" guide in Ocean Springs.

-- Sun Herald

DR. OZ

Careful with the new glasses

The super-nearsighted 1960s cartoon character Mr. Magoo was always getting into trouble because he couldn't see what was going on. (He refused to wear his glasses.)

Magoo was amusing, but vision problems aren't a laughing matter for the 220 million North Americans who wear corrective lenses. If you're among that number, be aware that as you age, your vision may change, so you'll need a new prescription.

Don't be surprised if your new prescription takes some getting used to (we bet that's why Magoo didn't wear his). And if you're 65 or older, any change in your lenses puts you at increased risk for falls, particularly if you also have muscle weakness, gait or foot problems, low blood pressure or sensory impairments, or take meds that make you dizzy.

Ophthalmologists suggest that you skip a prescription change unless it's absolutely necessary and avoid switching from single to bifocal or progressive lenses; instead, opt for one pair of glasses for distance and one for reading. If you've already adjusted to bifocals or progressive lenses, however, stick with those -- switching to a single-focus lens can be just as discombobulating.

But if a new prescription is necessary, let your eyes adjust, and then practice walking (with someone helping) in a protected environment. If you can't get comfortable, ask for a lighter prescription. And if you're simply a slave to fashion, just get new frames.

-- Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz

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