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Specks - Quick Cures - Stories From The Clinic: 62. Quick Cures - Hungry Fairies - Concentration and Relaxation - Announcements
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A MONTHLY MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO THE PREVENTION AND CURE OF
IMPERFECT SIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES
WHEN a patient stares or strains to see by looking at a light-colored surface he may see, or imagine he sees,
floating black specks, strings of black thread or small light-colored globules resembling tears. The floating specks may be
apparently a quarter of an inch or more in size and they may be of any shape.
The ability to see or imagine floating
specks may occur in children or in adults of any age. Some children have been known to lie on their backs on the ground, look
up at light colored clouds and amuse themselves for hours by watching what appeared to be floating specks.
people have been made very unhappy, consciously or unconsciously imagining that they see these floating specks.
of floating specks is an imperfect memory of perfect sight. Persons with normal vision who have never been conscious of floating
specks can be taught how to imagine them by straining—to imagine letters, colors or other objects imperfectly.
patients who are conscious of floating specks are unable to imagine them and perfect sight at the same time.
In the treatment
of floating specks it is important to convince the patients thoroughly that they are only imagined and not seen. It helps
very much to impress on the patient's mind that to see these floating specks requires a sufficient strain to lose a perfect
imagination of all objects seen, remembered or imagined at all times and in all places.
When the mind and eyes are relaxed, the mind/brain shuts off the appearance of floating specks, floaters.
Shifting, saccadic shifts and other natural eye movements, central fixation removes floaters.
Good diet, healthy
food, natural food source chelation type diet/food and fasting cleans out the arteries, capillaries, lymph system…all
organs removing fat deposits, toxic metals... A cleansing diet helps remove floaters. Apples, apple cider vinegar with honey
Improved circulation to/in the eyes and strengthening the capillaries eliminates floaters.
peels with the white part and skin keeps arteries, veins, capillaries strong.
Avoid processed sugars, fructose, aspartame,
hydrogenated and other artery clogging fats.
Floaters often are seen when the vision is unclear, eyestrain and/or the
mind is stressed, strained, outer eye muscles tense placing pressure on/in the eye.
Most floaters are said to be caused
by debris floating in the eyes vitreous humor remaining from development of the eye before birth.
These are harmless.
Many people of any age, children and adults, experience floaters.
Hormone fluctuations in men and women can cause temporary
floaters. Withdrawal from caffeine and other addictive substances, use of prescription and non-prescription drugs. Sinus congestion,
pressure on the eyes. Eyeglasses cause floaters and impair eye health. Cornea surgery causes floaters.
See Floating Specks - Better Eyesight Magazine – October, 1919. Dr.
Bates tries to get a patient that sees floating specks to realize there is nothing wrong with his eyes and to stop worrying!
Always be safe and check with your eye doctor. Usually
the eye doctor finds the eyes in good health.
Floaters move, especially when the eyes move; when the person tries to
look directly at them, they move away from the center of the visual field. This is good; the central field stays clear. When
the eyes shift relaxed, easy, faster, perfectly natural, automatic, and the person stops thinking about and looking for the
floaters, the floaters disappear.
Dirt, dust on the cornea can cause a different type of floaters and usually obstructs
the vision. Eye makeup, poor air quality, dry air, cornea injury, contact lenses and solutions can cause this. Contacts and
solutions can cause cornea injury, infection, scars.
On certain days when the weather, atmosphere is just
right, when looking into the sky, the eye can see what looks like tiny fast moving energy particles, like moving electricity,
lights in the air. Scientists state this is true energy in the atmosphere. Spiritual teachers state it is one type of many
other energies that exists in space.
When light contacts the eyes at certain levels of dimness, brightness, angles,
certain types of light, or looking through certain types of glass: the blood corpuscles flowing in the capillaries in the
retina can be seen. These are not the usual floaters.
Some people see tiny dots of blue, purple, white, any color light
flash for a split second. This usually indicates eyestrain, neck tension from looking down straining the eyes a long time,
the need to rest the eyes and use the eyes properly, good posture, vision habits, shift, blink. Low potassium, dehydration,
poor diet, too much caffeine, soda can cause this.
Eye injury, disease, detached retina and other abnormal eye conditions
can cause floaters.
Seeing many flashes, sparks, flickering lights, large dark spots, soot, dust raining down can indicate
detached retina. Contact a eye Doctor immediately. Dr. Bates has successfully treated detached retina.
shimmering lights, sparks can also indicate migraine headache, sinus headache, pressure.
Note.—Floating specks, October, 1919, "Better Eyesight"
Muscae volitantes (floating
specks), pages 176 and 236, "Perfect Sight Without Glasses."
W. H. BATES, M.D.
QUICK cures are desirable.
At the same time let me hasten to state that we must use the word "cure" with great care. It means a great deal
more than most physicians realize. A patient's definition of a cure is more complete, more thorough, and more lasting than
he realized or remembered at his first visit.
To promise any patient a cure is unwise from a scientific standpoint. In
my work I take particular pains to make the patient understand that I do not expect or guarantee a cure in any case. The most
I say to them is "Yes, I have cured people much worse than you, but that is no guarantee that I can give you the slightest
This seems to eliminate a certain amount of subconscious antagonism on the part of the patient, who may
consciously say that he desires to be cured, but deep down in his heart feels unconsciously, "I don't believe you can
do it with my help, and I am quite sure you can't do it if I oppose you."
Like the Irishman who said "he was
willing to be convinced, but he would like to see the man who could do it."
Quick cures have their disadvantages.
A patient feels that since his benefit came easily, now, with his good sight, he can go off at any time he likes and have
a spree, in which he stares and strains and uses his eyes to his heart's content without any danger of a relapse. He forgets
that all persons with normal vision can acquire imperfect sight at any time. The attending physician must be on his guard
when referring to those patients who have been cured quickly, and not give the impression that it is an easy thing to do,
because too often those patients who know about quick cure cases expect to be cured themselves in the same way as quickly
and as permanently. If they are not, they are disappointed, and they have a way of expressing that disappointment which hurts.
Personally I am very much upset every time a patient surprises me with a quick cure, because of the favorable criticism which
may follow and which is seldom desired by the attending physician. If we could only practice quick cures in favorable cases
and not have to struggle with the obstinate ones, things would get along perhaps better.
It is well to bear in mind that
most quick cures happen when least expected and we do not always know what particular thing accomplished it.
is often asked: "What kind of cases are most quickly cured?" I do not believe that we have sufficient facts to answer
this question at all intelligently, because mild cases of imperfect sight may require long periods of time—years—before
recovery, or a permanent recovery, occurs. I have a number of patients whose amount of imperfect sight is very small, indeed,
and yet after some years of more or less continuous treatment they are still not permanently relieved. In other cases a large
amount of near-sightedness or far-sightedness without any special reason, practicing the same method of treatment, would obtain
a permanent cure at one visit. I wish I knew why.
Quite a number of patients with imperfect sight for the distance, and
also unable to read the newspaper at a near point, have been permanently cured after a half hour or more of palming. Other
cases have practiced palming apparently just as faithfully without much if any relief after many months. It would be perhaps
a good thing to know why palming was so very beneficial in some cases while in others the benefit was imperfect.
patient 60 years of age with imperfect sight from cataract, whose vision was not improved at all by glasses, obtained normal
vision without glasses at the first visit. The cataract and all the other troubles disappeared almost immediately after palming.
It was interesting to learn that this patient had worn quite strong glasses for nearly fifty years. During this time even
with his glasses he suffered pain, fatigue and other discomforts. He told me that all he wanted or that he would be satisfied
with, was the cure of the cataract, so that possibly, with glasses, he could do his work. The very thought of it made his
face brighten, but when after palming he obtained not only a cure of his imperfect sight but of every other symptom he could
remember, he certainly was grateful and he showed it in his face.
Man 106 years Old Cures Cataract With Palming
Another patient said he was 106 years old. His vision for distance was poor and he was unable to
read fine print with or without glasses. He had cataract in both eyes, so opaque that no red reflex could be seen in any part
of the pupil with an ophthalmoscope. He was placed in a dark room and told to close his eyes and keep them closed. At the
end of a half hour his vision was improved to 10/10 and he read diamond type at six inches without glasses. He was told to
repeat this treatment frequently during the day in order to avoid a relapse. He came back at the end of a week with his vision
still further improved. As he went out of the office without an attendant to guide him he stopped and spoke the only words
I ever heard him say: "Doctor, you did me good." I wish I knew what I did or did not do. It would be a great satisfaction
to me to find out how the patient by closing his eyes for a half hour improved his sight so much and so quickly. A large number
of other patients have been told the same thing; the same words were used as were spoken to him, but the results were seldom
It is well to emphasize that under the most favorable conditions quick cures are exceedingly rare. They generally
occur when least expected, but when they do occur the definition of the word "cure" includes a great many more benefits
than the patients expect.
One of the quickest cures I ever had was in the case of a very ignorant man who was suffering
from sympathetic ophthalmia. At school, he told me, he could never understand fractions, and yet I found that he had the most
wonderful imagination in my experience. Although he could not tell the big "C" at ten feet, when I brought it up
close to him he said that he could imagine it and could imagine it perfectly. Knowing that it was a big "C," he
was able to imagine it perfectly at ten feet, and when I told him that the first letter on the line below was an "R,"
he became able almost immediately to imagine it so perfectly that he could imagine he saw a letter "B" on the same
line, and a letter "T," the first letter on the line below. He kept insisting that he did not see any of these letters.
He only imagined them.
When I pointed to the first letter on the bottom line he said it all looked black. When I told
him that the first letter was an "F," at once he said he could imagine it perfectly, and much to my surprise after
the perfect imagination of that letter "F," he became able to imagine in turn the other letters on the bottom line
which he did not know. He kept insisting that he did not see these letters—that he only imagined them. But always when
he imagined perfectly one letter on the Snellen test card, the whole card became clearer and perfectly distinct and he could
see or distinguish neighboring letters which he did not know. His imagination improved his sight to normal. To walk around
the room without running into the furniture and to see surrounding objects, all he had to do was to imagine one letter of
the alphabet perfectly.
Many of my patients have been teachers in the various universities, have the highest intelligence
and are authorities in their fields, yet whose imagination of mental pictures was very poor.
Stories from the Clinic
No. 61: Quick Cures
By EMILY C. LIERMAN
who are cured quickly of imperfect sight are those who become able to improve their memory and their imagination quickly and
without effort. A little girl named Madeline, aged ten years, came with her mother, who was very anxious to have her child
cured without glasses. The mother had been notified by Madeline's school teacher that her little girl could not read correctly
what was written on the blackboard from her seat, which was about ten feet away. She was one of the daintiest little girls
I have ever seen. I can imagine her as one of the white fairies written about in our little magazine, which I believe a great
many children enjoy. I feel sure that there are many mothers among our subscribers and that they realize the relaxation and
rest which is given to the child-mind as the mother reads about the good fairies just before the sandman comes.
is how Madeline was cured in one visit. She was placed ten feet from the test card and she read all the letters correctly
down to the twenty line, 10/20, but the letters were not clear and black to her. She was told to palm for ten minutes or so.
Then she read the card again, and this time the letters appeared clear and black. The mother was told to notice how she stared
when trying to see one of the smaller letters of the fifteen line. I told Madeline she must blink her eyes all the time to
prevent staring, which always lowered the vision. As she glanced at the letters each time she moved to the left and then to
the right, not forgetting to blink her eyes, her vision improved to 10/10. She was placed in another room, fifteen feet from
another card, which she had not seen, and without a stop she read all the letters of the card. Now, I wanted to find out if
I could improve her vision further with the aid of her memory. I told her to close her eyes and palm and remember something
she had seen without effort or strain. She answered: "I cannot think of anything just now, and the more I try the less
am I able to do as you ask me." I asked her then to tell me what lesson she liked best at school. "Oh! I just love
arithmetic," she said. I asked her if she would add up some figures for me while she was palming and she answered, "Yes."
I started with easy figures at first, like nine, three and eight. She added as quickly as I announced the figures. Then I
made the lesson more difficult, but she did not once make a mistake. All this time she was smiling and enjoying the whole
thing. We kept this up for about fifteen minutes, and then while her eyes were still closed, I moved the test card as far
away as I could place it, which was eighteen feet. Madeline was told to remove her hands from her eyes and stand and swing
as she did before. She read every letter on the card correctly. Her vision had improved to 18/10 by the aid of her memory
Madeline was cured quickly, because she was able to remember figures perfectly. Her mental pictures of them
were perfect. Her mind was relaxed, and by the aid of the swing and remembering to blink often, as the normal eye does, she
had no more eyestrain.
A little boy, aged
seven years, was brought to me not long ago. His nurse, who was extremely fond of him, did not want glasses put on the little
fellow. He told me very emphatically that he just would not wear them. No one would dare put them on him, he said.
little forehead was a mass of wrinkles as he tried to read even the largest letters of the test card at ten feet. I asked
the nurse to sit where she could watch him at the start and then see the change that I was sure would come to his face after
he was taught to read without effort or strain. With each eye separately he read 10/50. As he tried to read further he wriggled
and twisted his little body around in the big arm-chair where I had placed him.
"Now," I said, "little
man, just close your eyes and place your hands over them and shut out all the light. Sit still, if you like." "Oh,"
said he, "I like sitting still if I keep my eyes covered, but I don't like doing it too long." I said: "All
right, keep them covered for a little while and I will read you a fairy story that tells something about the elephant, too."
That was all that was necessary. My patient sat perfectly still as I read the whole fairy tale. The nurse remarked that
for a long while he had not been able to sit still for more than five minutes at one time.
After the fairy story was
read, I told the little chap to stand, feet apart, with eyes still closed, and I guided him in moving his body from right
to left until he became able to do it gently by himself. Then he was told to open his eyes and keep moving or swinging his
body to the right and then to the left. He was directed to blink his eyes while doing this. He exclaimed, with great surprise:
"My, the card and letters seem to be moving opposite." I said, “That's right, my boy; now follow my finger
as I point to the letters." He did, and to our surprise he read the whole card without a mistake, 10/10. The wrinkles
in his forehead were gone. I told the nurse to help him many times every day with the test card just as I did. She promised
also to bring him back to me if he had any relapse. So far I have not heard from her. I do believe my little boy was cured
in one visit.
By GEORGE M. GUILD
ONCE upon a time a young man, a reporter, found himself in a Southern city
without a cent of money. He desired to take passage on a steamboat for New York. As the time came for the boat to sail, and
not having met anyone he knew, he finally plucked up sufficient courage to talk to the Captain about it. The Captain listened
in sympathetic interest, being one of those jovial, happy kind of people who are often interested in somebody else besides
themselves, interrupted the reporter and asked him: "What paper do you write for in New York? Do you suppose that you
could write a story about our line of steamers which would be a good advertisement for our boats?"
being very anxious to get back in some way to his home town answered the Captain as best he could. The Captain then took out
a ticket from his pocket, handed it to the reporter and told him that if he would promise to write a good advertisement of
his boat which would encourage an increased number of people to travel by his line that he would be satisfied.
took the ticket and in his gratitude promised whatever the Captain desired. The reporter had the ticket which insured his
passage home, but he did not know what he could do for food as he had no money to purchase it. The steamer left the dock and
headed for New York. Lunch time came and, in order not to make himself conspicuous, he sought an unusual part of the boat
where there were no people who might ask embarrassing questions.
He sat down on a steamer chair, closed his eyes and
tried to forget that he had a stomach and that he was hungry. As he sat there resting, a fairy came dancing along the deck,
came close up to him, patted him on the back and invited him to get up and dance with her. As there was no one around he accepted
the fairy's invitation, and so they danced forward and back, sideways and round and round. And as they danced other fairies
appeared and danced with him. He enjoyed the dance very much and was sorry when some of the passengers appeared and the fairies
After a while he began to feel hungry again, and at the same time he remembered how the fairies, when they
danced side to side and other directions, swung their bodies as they danced. Being small fairies the swing was very short,
and when he remembered the swing of the fairies he became able to remember the swing just as short. As he swung or imagined
he was swinging the hunger left him and be smiled and was pleased. Some of the passengers asked him how he enjoyed his lunch.
I am sorry to say that he lied about it and told them that be wasn't feeling very well and thought he would omit his lunch.
They imagined that he was more or less seasick, smiled and went away and left him. The afternoon passed and supper time
arrived and again he sought an unoccupied part of the boat. Again he found a steamer chair and occupied it as previously,
and while there the fairies again appeared and persuaded him to dance with them as he had done before.
The more he danced
the better he felt, and as the dance went on and he practiced the swinging, side to side and other directions, he quite forgot
his hunger, and when he did that the fairies smiled and encouraged him to keep on with the swing.
The next morning at
breakfast time his hunger had become worse than it was the day before. Again the fairies appeared and told him that they were
very hungry, that they were very anxious to be carried by the steamer to their home in New York. From there they expected
to go to some of the parks and obtain some food—being fairies they did not need very much food. What they wanted was
quality more than quantity. The reporter told them that, for him, he was willing to pass up the quality of the food provided
he obtained sufficient quantity.
They all laughed at this and began to dance more rapidly than ever before, and in order
to forget his hunger the reporter danced with them just as fast as he could.
And so the days passed for him quite rapidly.
At times he found it difficult to explain why he missed so many of his meals. The help of the fairies made it possible for
him to forget his hunger at all times provided he remembered or imagined the swing of the hungry fairies.
In due time
the steamer reached New York. When the gang plank connected the steamer with the dock, our reporter started to leave the vessel
with the other passengers. When he came to the man who takes the tickets he handed out his ticket and started to walk away.
But the ticket man stopped him and looked at the ticket in a puzzled way. He said to the reporter: "How is this? Your
ticket gives you three meals a day on the boat and you haven't had a single meal punched. What's the matter, Wasn't the food
good enough for you?"
The reporter answered: "Yes, but you see I am under a diet and did not have to take
my meals regularly. You'll find it all right," and then ran down the gangplank and disappeared in the crowd with a feeling
of something which he could not describe.
The memory of the hungry fairies, however, was a pleasant memory. He walked
along practicing the swing until he met a friend who saw to it that he got a good square meal. The reporter told his friend
the story of the fairies and how they had helped him to endure the hunger and made his trip a pleasant one with their sympathy,
kindness and the swing.
His friend laughed so long and so heartily that the reporter was quite annoyed. It amused his
friend very much to hear that he carefully avoided the dining room, and was ravenously hungry for a whole week—with
a paid meal ticket in his pocket!
Concentration and Relaxation
By LAWRENCE M. STANTON, M.D.
I KNOW of no writer who has so clarified the murky philosophy of concentration
and relaxation as has Dr. Bates, and yet the final word has not been said, as he himself would undoubtedly avow.
but with humblest intention, I offer a few thoughts upon the subject which is of the utmost importance to those who are striving
for better eyesight.
Concentration - Attention
To my patients I have forbidden the
practice of concentration, saying that the very word suggests strain, or else I bid them modify the dictionary's definition.
I have reasoned that if by concentration you mean, as Dr. Bates says, doing or seeing one thing better than anything else,
you may speak of concentration; but if by concentration you mean, as the dictionary says, doing one thing continuously to
the exclusion of all other things, then you must abandon the practice as an impossibility.
Concentration, however, cannot
psychologically be ignored, and recent psychology, I believe, has given us a new interpretation which is worthy of our consideration.
Attention underlies concentration, as that word is commonly used, and Ribot's statement of attention is very enlightening.
Ribot says "that the state of attention which seems continuous is in reality intermittent; the object of attention is
merely a center, the point to which attention returns again and again, to wander from it as often on ever-widening circles.
All parts of the object, and then the reflections inspired by these various parts hold our interest by turns. Even when the
attention is fixed on the most trifling material object, it works in just the same fashion." This is entirely in accord
with Dr. Bates' statement; it is central fixation.
There are, however, two aspects of concentration to be considered—voluntary
and involuntary. Voluntary concentration is an effort and, as Dr. Bates has so clearly shown, cannot be maintained without
fatigue. The highest grades of attention, to which this brief consideration is confined, are involuntary, and involuntary
concentration can be defined as "a psychological equivalent of attention minus effort." In ordinary attention—that
is, in voluntary concentration—our thought holds the object in focus, whereas in involuntary attention (which we shall
consider synonymous with involuntary concentration) the object holds our thought without our volition, perhaps even against
our will. "Spontaneous attention is rooted at the very center of our being," and things that hold the attention
captive, as in fascination, fixed contemplation, the Hindu's meditation and revery are instances of involuntary concentration,
and involuntary concentration is as effortless as the rising sun—it just happens. Then, there are those cases of miraculous
quick cures of imperfect sight by one or another of Dr. Bates' methods, where it was enough for the patient to see the better
course in order to be able to follow it, the idea and its realization occurring simultaneously, without effort, without volition
even. Contrast this with the attitude "No, I see the better course and approve it, but I follow the worse." Involuntary
concentration is displayed in the case of the insect, related by Fabre and quoted by Dr. Bates, which in captivity hung downward
for ten months, its whole life's span, and in this position performed all its functions, even to mating and laying of eggs,
apparently without the least fatigue.
Still another instance is that of Napoleon, who could work for eighteen hours at
a stretch on one piece of work without the least fatigue. Napoleon speaks of his various affairs arranged in his head "as
in a wardrobe." He says: "When I wish to put any matter out of my mind, I close its drawer and open the drawer belonging
to another. The contents of the drawers never get mixed and they never worry me or weary me. Do I want to sleep? I close all
the drawers, and then I am asleep."
The question, then, may be asked wherein does involuntary concentration differ
from relaxation. If involuntary concentration and relaxation are not always one and the same thing, they often are psychological
alternatives and not the opponents we think them.
To regard all phases of relaxation as purely passive is as erroneous
as it is to say that concentration of the kind under consideration is associated with effort. Relaxation of the passive kind
usually ends in sleep or sleepiness, as experienced by many patients after palming. Relaxation combined with action, on the
other hand, may also be absolutely free from effort and strain. ‘(Dynamic Relaxation’ -
See; The Art of Seeing by Aldous Huxley.)
case it is the matter of effort and strain that concerns us most, rather than a question of concentration or relaxation. Victor
Hugo speaks of "the calm and intense fixation of the eyes," and surely nowhere is intensity so impressive as in
calmness. To be calm is not to be oblivious, and to be intense need not be to strain.Note: Some of the quotations in this article and some of its material are
from "The Power Within Us," Charles Baudouin.
Another thought about relaxation
is this: Obstacles to relaxation may prove sources of relaxation. An instance of which, is found in the noise that is keeping
us awake when wishing to go to sleep. If we sufficiently relax, if we accept the disturbance and sleep in spite of it, not
only is the obstacle overcome, but because overcome it in turn becomes rather pleasantly associated with going to sleep. When
again we desire to sleep, we find the noise soothing rather than annoying, and really a source of relaxation instead of an
obstacle to it. (A child deeply relaxed, drifting in and out of sleep, safe amongst the trees inside
the edge of a field in a dugout up on a small hill, buried in a deep leaf pile, the sound of trains passing by along the river,
crickets chirping, brothers, sisters playing in the distance, fire crackling in a old fashioned outdoor fireplace, smell of
hamburgers.) The following quotation from Jean Kenyon MacKenzie's "Minor Memories" well illustrates how obstacles
may become ministering angels. She writes of the stillness of the African forest:
"I remember that stillness. Many
a time when I am in the subway I remember the ineffable stillness of the forest. I wonder to find myself where I am—so
savagely circumstanced—so pressed upon by alien bodies, so smitten by noise. Traveling like this, in white man's fashion,
you are certainly safe from the snakes, and the leopards, and the cannibal tribes of that other world where you traveled in
other fashions. Now that you are shut up so safely in the guts of Manhattan, your friends feel at ease about you—surely
the sun shall not smite you by day nor the moon by night. And yet, perversely, in this perfection of safety you are intimidated.
Suddenly passive after your desperate adventures with traffic, you feel the hidden things of memory rise and flood your heart;
you dream. You remember other times of day than the manufactured night of the subway and other ways of travel. And suddenly,
in the indestructible silence that is the core of that incessant clamor, you hear a bugle calling in a forest-clearing that
is half way around the world."* Certainly a remarkable experience—what relaxation, what imagination!
concentration without effort is equivalent to relaxation in action. If you can achieve such equilibrium; if you can perform
your mental functions without strain as Fabre's little insect performed its physical; if you can, whatever your particular
captivity, hang by your feet head downward without effort, then "be my friend and teach me to be thine."
* Italics mine.
THE WORK IN ENGLANDCapt. C. S. Price, of London, England, has been the guest of Dr. Bates for
several weeks. Dr. Bates wishes to announce that he finds Captain Price thoroughly capable of curing imperfect sight by his
next meeting of the Better Eyesight League will be held at 383 Madison Avenue, on the evening of Tuesday, April 7th, at eight
o'clock. The meeting will be of unusual interest to teachers and parents—in fact, to all who are interested in maintaining
a high degree of visual acuity among children and adults. The speaker of the evening will be Percival S. Sprinz, D.D.S., who
is the attending oral surgeon of the Hospital for Joint Diseases and chief of the Dental and Oral Surgical Department in the
dispensary connected with the hospital. Dr. Sprinz will discuss "Eye Disturbances Due to Focal Infection in Teeth and
The members of the League will welcome information about this important subject, especially when presented
by a League member. Dr. Sprinz discarded his glasses a year and a half ago; he is now able to read the photographic diamond
type of the small Bible.
A cordial invitation to attend this meeting is hereby extended to friends of League members.
By W. H. BATES, M.D.
MANY facts in physiological optics have been demonstrated by me, by experiments
upon animals, all of which were dead. It is not possible to operate on live animals or on live fish, under anesthesia, and
obtain reliable or constant results. The consciousness of the animal must first be destroyed by death. After an animal or
a fish has been killed, the contractility of the muscles continues at the ordinary temperature for several hours. The results
cannot be demonstrated at all accurately or constantly when the heart is beating and respiration is continuing.
Questions and Answers
Q—Are floating specks serious? Sometimes they just flood my eyes like
clouds of dust and greatly frighten me.
A—Floating specks are not serious. They are always imagined and never seen.
Q—(a) My eyes are swollen and disfigured in the morning. (b) Although I have eight and nine hours' sleep, it does
not rest me.
A—(a) The swelling of your eyes or eyelids in the morning is due to eyestrain when you are asleep.
Read chapter in my book on this subject.
(b) You may be restless and sleep very poorly and strain your eyes terribly,
although apparently you may be asleep for a long time.
Q—I have improved my sight by palming, but when I read for
any length of time the pain returns.
A—When you read and your eyes pain you, it means that you are straining your
eyes. More frequent palming may help you more continuously.
Q—Explain which "swing" is beneficial, and
whether one moves the whole head or only the eyes.
A—All swings when done properly are beneficial. When done improperly
they are not beneficial. It is necessary for some people to move their head in order to move their eyes and obtain a perfect
Q—Is there a possibility of palming wrong? I can obtain some benefit, but later I feel strained.
may be done properly or it may be done wrong. Read the chapter on palming in my book.