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    Senior Member Rosie the "Ripper"'s Avatar
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    Sunday was another rainy day here. Went to church and came home. Fixed a big breakfast for me and hubby.

    Went down to basement where my studio is. I have just finished piecing a donation quilt and thought I would attempt to FMQ it. I have practiced on small blocks, but never a quilt. I have a Baby Loc Quilter's Dream machine.

    Started some meandering in the background and was having a great time. It looked fairly good for a beginner.

    Before I knew it it was time for dinner, and my husband came down and said,if you want to keep sewing, I could go and pick up some Chinese for us.

    Great idea! So I kept sewing.

    Well, I just about finished the background and felt pretty good about it.

    Problem is - now, two days later, my eyes are killing me! Haven't been able to sew at all. Didn't realize it was going to be such a strain on them. I think I now have to make an appt. with the eye doc. Probably need stronger glasses.

    Has anyone else noticed a change in their eyesight since they started quilting?

    This is really a bummer.

    Guess I will just have to clean house for a while!

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    I wear bi-focals and they adjust the bottom of my glasses to how close I am to what I am working on. So for reading they work great but with my new ones I can't seem to get the right distance for the computer. I have a feeling I may have to get several pairs to cover reading, quilting and using the computer. :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosemary krupski
    Sunday was another rainy day here. Went to church and came home. Fixed a big breakfast for me and hubby.

    Went down to basement where my studio is. I have just finished piecing a donation quilt and thought I would attempt to FMQ it. I have practiced on small blocks, but never a quilt. I have a Baby Loc Quilter's Dream machine.

    Started some meandering in the background and was having a great time. It looked fairly good for a beginner.

    Could it be that perhaps you just need better lighting? I hope its an easy fix, especially as you were enjoying yourself.
    Before I knew it it was time for dinner, and my husband came down and said,if you want to keep sewing, I could go and pick up some Chinese for us.

    Great idea! So I kept sewing.

    Well, I just about finished the background and felt pretty good about it.

    Problem is - now, two days later, my eyes are killing me! Haven't been able to sew at all. Didn't realize it was going to be such a strain on them. I think I now have to make an appt. with the eye doc. Probably need stronger glasses.

    Has anyone else noticed a change in their eyesight since they started quilting?

    This is really a bummer.

    Guess I will just have to clean house for a while!

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    Maybe you could try some of those reading glasses you can pick up in the drug store and see if that helps.

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    Nope, haven't had that problem. Yet. I can honestly see it coming as my eyes get affected by allergies and sitting on the computer too long affects them too. My biggest issue is having to wear glasses in the first place to sew. Hate them. But can't see the needle hole or tiny stitches unless I have them on. Can't get contacts either according to dr.

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    I have to make sure the room is bright enough, then I don't need the glasses... but quilting into the evening... I better have them handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kehoeta
    I have to make sure the room is bright enough, then I don't need the glasses... but quilting into the evening... I better have them handy.
    I would recommend more lighting as well. Take it easy and try to rest your eyes for awhile. I hope you feel better soon.

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    I have strictly computer glasses that work for the SM as well since the distance is nearly the same. They are wonderful.

    How is your light? A bright light helps.

    My eyes are changing due to a med I'm on for nerve damage in my back and feet. When I feel they have changed all they are going to, I'll make an appointment with my optometrist.

    Sounds like you've given new meaing to the term 'tired eyes'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Maybe you could try some of those reading glasses you can pick up in the drug store and see if that helps.
    Thanks for the suggestion, but I forgot to mention that I already wear glasses - tri-focals. I do have good lighting, so that isn't the issue. Looked up my last visit to the eye dr and see it has been 2 yrs. Looks like it is time to go back.

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    I haven't noticed, except when I nee a new pair of glasses. Bright light would probably help. I have been quilting for years. Just happens gradually. One of the bennies of old age, everything is harder to see.

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    I have the same problem if I read for any length of time. So I read a few minutes and take a break. You may need to take frequent short breaks, and how well is your sewing area lit?

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    I noticed changes in my eyesight around the age of 35. Luckily mine is the up close vision & can wear one contact to correct it. My distance vision is still good, for now!

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    Noticed you are from St. Louis. I use to live in Collinsville until 13 yrs ago when we move to Carlyle. You have so many good quilt shops out your way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izaquilter
    Noticed you are from St. Louis. I use to live in Collinsville until 13 yrs ago when we move to Carlyle. You have so many good quilt shops out your way
    There are several nice shops within 30 min. from where I live. My good friend of 40 years just this year opened a quilt retreat in Beaufort MO and that is what got me interested in quilting again.I am really enjoying myself. Just hope this eye problem doesn't force me out.

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    I have special glasses for the computer since I use a computer at work. I haven't tried them for sewing. I haven't notice a problem at the machine, but I take breaks every hour. For hand work I use the drug store magnifying glasses. I just got new glasses and I still can't thread the needle without the magnifiers. So I'm always changing glasses depending on what I am doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NanaCsews2
    Nope, haven't had that problem. Yet. I can honestly see it coming as my eyes get affected by allergies and sitting on the computer too long affects them too. My biggest issue is having to wear glasses in the first place to sew. Hate them. But can't see the needle hole or tiny stitches unless I have them on. Can't get contacts either according to dr.
    i know what you mean. i swear some of the machine needles i have dont have any holes in them!!

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    I need to change my focal distance regularly. Look at laptop, look at TV, look at quilt, look outside. Anytime I look at something close for too long, I have trouble changing my long distance focus. For now I use the laptop without my trifocals, When I get up and I put my glasses on I can see. Need to make an appointment.

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    Sorry to hear about your eyes. Sounds like you have gotten really good suggestions already. I just want to say what a wonderful DH you have!!! You are very lucky. :D

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    My husband picked up a pair of glasses at Wal Mart for just the computer. He had been to the eye Dr. and had his cataracts done and because he has one eye that is called a lazy eye so he still needs glasses for the computer. he's always worn glasses and finds it hard not to have to wear some. Maybe you can try that. It's amazing what working on something for hrs can do to us. Maybe try taking a break 10 min every hr. this comes to you from me you the hand dr. tells me to do that and I don't even realize the hr is gone until I can't move my hand and have to go back to the dr. Good luck. Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosemary krupski
    Quote Originally Posted by Izaquilter
    Noticed you are from St. Louis. I use to live in Collinsville until 13 yrs ago when we move to Carlyle. You have so many good quilt shops out your way
    Just hope this eye problem doesn't force me out.
    It's amazing what they can do now so don't give up hope yet!

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    Is it possible you didn't blink enough to lubricate your eyes? Maybe eye drops will help along with breaks. Time for an exam anyway. Good luck.

    piney

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    I have problems with my eyes now.. my doctor said I have cataracts forming and they are not big enough to have removed yet... I have a pair of new glasses that are good for reading but I cant sew with them.. bought a pair from walmart and now I am able to sew with them if the room is really bright..
    Hope your eyes get better soon..

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    Exactly how are your eyes killing you? Sometimes when I work up close for a long time and "exercise" the muscles that move my eyes too much, the muscles hurt for a day or two or three. That's just like the first day you exercise after not exercisinc for God only knows how long.

    I hope that's all it is.

    Otherwise, yes, close work blurs the vision but for me it usually gets back to normal by the next day. It also makes them sting, which my Dr told me is because I don't blink enough when I'm very focused on something. Apparently, the surface of the eyes dry out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ann31039

    i know what you mean. i swear some of the machine needles i have dont have any holes in them!!
    I must have bought needles from the same batch, as I have the same problem.

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    Ask the eye doctor about Progressive lenses. They don't have any lines like some of the bifocals do and they have many fields graduated down them. You just have to tip your head slightly to find the field you want at the moment. They are great.

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