5 Tips for Beaders Eye Health

Eye Care

When I started wearing my glasses full-time last year I thought I was going to go mad. I hated wearing them. Not only did I feel like I was instantly separated from the rest of my life by a glass wall, but the frames were always in my sights and they attracted so much dust, grime, and cat-kiss smears that everything seemed to be even fuzzier than it was without my glasses. I struggled back and forth, not wanting to wear them, but finally gave in.

 

 

And then last week, as I was getting ready for bed, I did this! So, I guess I'm used to my glasses now. And thank goodness, because I'd sure have a hard time beading without them.

 

Here are 5 reminders for Beader's Eye Health:

Always work in good light. You can invest in fancy full-spectrum lights to bead under, but they really aren't required. The key is to work in enough light that you aren't straining your eyes to see. Eye strain leads to poor eyesight–it's that simple (or at least that's what Mom used to say).

 

Use a magnifier if necessary. If you find you're straining your eyes to bead, even in good light, use a magnifier. This can be as simple as a stand-up loupe that helps you see while you thread your needle, as mundane as a pair of "cheaters" from the grocery store, or as elaborate as a full-on magnifying visor. Again, these forms of magnification not only help with actually seeing the beads, they help reduce eye strain.

  Get a change of scenery. While beading we're staring about 1½ feet in front of us for hours on end. What happens is our eyes begin to adjust to that length and become a bit sluggish about focusing on longer and/or shorter distances. The best thing to do is look up from your work every once in a while. Look at the ceiling or across the room every 15 minutes. Go outside and focus on something in the horizon. Count leaves at the top of a tree. Anything to get your eyes out of their bead-distance rut.
Wear safety glasses. If you don't wear glasses already, please take the time to put on safety glasses when working with wire, metal, or other materials that might go flying. Cover your snipping with your hand or a piece of cloth as an extra precaution to keep pieces from flying at you–or someone else.
 

Try Online and Video Classes. If you have a vision challenge, it can be difficult to learn new beading methods. If that's the case, try a video class. Many of these types of classes include large close-ups of techniques. You can hit pause at the place you're trying to figure out and take your own sweet time to visually soak it in.

 

My extra pairs of eyes are definitely part of me now, and they remind me daily (when I don't have them on, mostly), how important it is to take good care of my eyes. If you love beading, I hope you're taking care of your eyes, too.

What else would you add to my list? Ever wash your face with your glasses on? Please share your thoughts here or on the Beading Daily forums.

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