Reading and close work do NOT cause nearsightedness. That's an old wives' tale. Nearsightedness just means that the lens in your eye isn't perfectly shaped. It's mostly genetic.
However, it doesn't usually develop in adults. It's normal for children to get progressively more nearsighted, but the progression usually stops in the late 20s or early 30s (and then you start getting farsighted.) If you're having trouble seeing things at a distance, do as the others have recommended and go to an eye doctor. If the opthalmologist is too expensive, an optometrist at an eyeglass shop can do a quick screening and be pretty sure if it's just normal nearsightedness or if there seems to be a more serious problem.
Of course, it's possible that it's your mom whose eyesight isn't normal! Some people with early presbyopia can actually see distances at better than 20/20. Does your mom have trouble seeing close up? Maybe compare your distance vision to a younger person's.
As everyone hassaid, see your doctor to make sure there is not another issue going on. I do a lot of close work at work and I do beading as a hobby. My doctor suggested that when doing close work, every 15 minutes look up and focus on something in the distance for 30 seconds. This will work the eye muscle. Also get up every 30 - 40 minutes and stretch your body. When doing close work your whole body tenses up. As an additional benefit, I find that I am able to work longer and more efficiently when I do this exercises.
I really doubt that your eyesight is being affected all that much by cross-stitching. Go see an optometrist, and make sure (s)he is aware of your health conditions.
If your eyes are focused on something nearby for too long, you should consider getting up every half-hour (from cross-stitching or using the computer, for example) and looking around the room. Try focusing on something farther away.
from reading some of your previous posts I believe you stated that you have significant health issues. You need to ask your Opthamologist this question. So many times eyesight is affected by health issues. It may not be simple eyestrain from cross stitching.
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..... Once again the simple answer is see a real doctor.
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No Eowyn, you need to see a Dr., specifically an opthamologist, with your health issues it could be something a lot more serious, if not it may just be time for glasses!
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Please go to your doctor and get a referral to a the eye specialist and ask to have your eyesight checked-other people can't tell you why this happens as you have many other issues like hemo-dialysis to fight with.. Your doctor is the best place to start for advice!
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My eyes seem to be getting worse because I cross-stitch a lot!
I was out at the mall with my Mom who's like in her mid-60s and she could read a distant sign with no problems! But when I looked at the sign, I could hardly read it!
Help! Should I give up cross-stitch? But I love it so much!
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