Beading Healthily Part 2 – Care for your eyes - Lighting & eye health
Beading is not considered to be a
physically strenuous activity. What it entails is countless hours of sitting and looking at tiny holes in the beads to string them
Beading can be mentally taxing and
strenuous to the eyes as you might find yourself spending hours doing a particular complex beading project.
As any other activity which could cause
eye strain, do get a vision break every 25 - 35 minutes to look far apart. This is the same as doing computer related work. In order to
preserve good eyesight, you would need to put efforts in take vision breaks. Sometime you might find yourself really engrossed into doing the
piece of jewelry that you forgot to take care of yourself.
Also, do try to avoid doing beading work
in dim places. It is recommended that you have a work light on while doing beading to minimize the strain on your eyes. This is especially
important if you do work at night.
Lighting is very
important as you might sometimes find difficulty in differentiating the colors of the beads or you might need the extra light to see the tiny
holes in the beads. Having sufficient light to illuminate tour work area is important to avoid unnecessary strain on the eyes. Having a
magnifier attached would help to make your beading tasks simpler as you can see clearly on where you are going and thus avoiding eye
When choosing a good lamp,
choose one that is flexible, has magnifer (optional), natural daylight and minimal eye glare.
You could get real good
lamps from the OTT-Lite which are recommneded by numerous beaders and magazianes. They have lamps such as OTT-LITE® TrueColor(TM) Plus Value Set - Includes Magnifier, which are specially customized for beading.
See below for some
reccommended lamps that helps to reduce eye strains:
OTT-Lite® TrueColor (TM) 13W Flexible Craft/ Table Lamp
Portable and versatile.
OTT-Lite® TrueColor (TM) Plus Value Set - Includes
Flexible arm and comes with magnifier for you to see your beads better!
OTT-LITE® TrueColor (TM) Lexington Desk/Bedside Lamp - Mocha Pearl
Small and portable with shade to allow you to shine the light in the place you want!
OTT-LITE® TrueColor(TM) Lexington Floor Lamp Brushed Nickel
If you want a floor lamp, this might be something worth considering.
OTT-LITE® TrueColor(TM) Portable Magnifier Lamp
Portable and has a unique 2x magnifier which allows you to see your project's tiniest details with
After one long day of
beading, do pamper your eyes to some massage. You can put an eye mask over it to improve blood circulation. If not, you could also take some
health supplements that are good for the eyes.
Remember, do take care of
your eyes as they are important!
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