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Dark Glasses Are Injurious – Fundamentals:
Glasses Discarded Permanently, Central Fixation, Favorable Conditions, Shifting
and Swinging, Memory and Imagination, Rest, Palming, Blinking, Mental Pictures – Stories From The Clinic; 101. An Artist
Suffering From Presbyopia: Presbyopia and Double Vision Relieved by Treatment by Emily
C. Lierman – Questions and Answers - Announcement
A MONTHLY MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO THE
PREVENTION AND CURE OF IMPERFECT SIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES
Dark Glasses Are Injurious
was a very intelligent chauffeur, and very polite and popular with most people. I enjoyed listening to his experiences in
driving various types of cars. Nothing seemed to give him so much pleasure as to get into a “jam” and get out
without suffering any injury to his own car or without tearing the “enemy” apart. The “enemy,” as
he explained, were the numerous other cars which were driven by chauffeurs who did not understand their business very well
and who enjoyed teasing the inexperienced drivers.
One day we were driving to the seashore. The sun was very bright and
the reflection of the light from the sun on the water was very strong and made most of the occupants of the car very uncomfortable.
Personally I enjoyed the strong light of the sun. The chauffeur did not wear glasses for the protection of his eyes from the
sun or dust and I asked him if he had ever worn them. He very promptly answered me by saying that he had worn them at one
time, but discontinued wearing them because he found that after wearing them for a few days, his eyes became more sensitive
to the light than they were before. He said he could not understand why it was that when he wore glasses to protect his eyes
from the dust he accumulated more foreign bodies in his eyes than ever before. This seemed strange to the people in the car
and they asked him to explain. It was decided that when the dust got into the eyes, the glasses prevented the dust from going
The eyes need the light of the sun. When the sun’s rays are excluded from the eyes by dark glasses, the eyes
become very sensitive to the sun when the glasses are removed.
Eye doctors sell sunglasses knowing
it will lead to unclear vision, prescriptions for eyeglasses, eye surgery. Lack of sunlight causes cataracts and other eye
By W. H. Bates, M.D.
GLASSES DISCARDED PERMANENTLY: Glasses should be discarded
permanently because it is impossible to cure people by treatment without glasses when glasses are worn for long or short intervals
of time. All cases of myopia (and presbyopia) are increased by the wearing of glasses. If glasses
are not worn, the vision of most people improves without other treatment.
glasses causes the eye muscles/eyes, brain to function natural, correct, return to clear vision - on their own, without knowledge
and practice of Natural Eyesight Improvement.
(Modern teachers allow reduced/weaker eyeglass lenses if necessary for
driving… they are worn as little as possible and discontinued when vision is clear enough to drive… safely.
Vision improves much easier, faster when glasses are not worn.)
CENTRAL FIXATION: When the vision is best where the eyes are looking, and worse where the
eyes are not looking, central fixation is evident. Central fixation when properly used is a relaxation and a benefit. It is
interesting to observe that one cannot have perfect sight without central fixation. One should not strain and make an effort
to obtain central fixation of a letter or any object, as by so doing, imperfect sight is very soon apparent. The normal eye
shifts unconsciously from one part of an object to another, seeing the part regarded best and other parts worse, and the eye
with imperfect sight must acquire this habit by practicing it consciously until it becomes an unconscious habit.
FAVORABLE CONDITIONS: There are many ways in which the vision
may be improved by having the conditions or the environment favorable. There are many facts to be considered when discussing
the most favorable conditions for the improvement of the sight without glasses. Some people see better in a bright light,
while others see better in a dim light. The distance of print from the eyes where seen best also varies with different people.
It is natural to suppose that to secure relaxation or rest the hours of sleep should be increased. While this may be perfectly
true, it is difficult to harmonize the fact that increasing the hours of sleep does not always promote relaxation or rest
of the eyes. Many people will retire with their eyes feeling perfectly comfortable, yet they may be awakened during the night
by severe pain in their eyes. During sleep, eyestrain may be so severe or continuous that no rest is obtained for the nerves
of the eyes or other parts of the body. (As I have stated in previous issues of this magazine, I have examined the eyes of
patients with a retinoscope while they were asleep and have found the eyes to be under a great strain. Sleep, therefore, is
not always a favorable condition for the improvement of the eyesight.)
The optimum distance or the distance at which
the vision is at its best is widely variable. Some people may have normal vision at twenty feet but not at fifteen feet. Others
are able to read fine print better at twelve inches than at six inches. By practice one can improve the vision so that it
will be normal under all conditions.
AND SWINGING: When shifting is done properly, it is practiced easily, without effort or strain. When one shifts from
a point to the left to a point to the right, the swing produced is continuous, regular, and promotes relaxation. It is possible
to shift with the eyes closed with as much benefit as with the eyes open. There are some people who cannot shift with the
eyes open without a strain and yet they can shift or swing or imagine perfect sight with the eyes closed.
head and eyes are moved from side to side, one should imagine that stationary objects are moving in the opposite direction.
This should be practiced at all times until the habit is obtained. (The various swings are described in the June and other
issues of this magazine.)
MEMORY AND IMAGINATION:
A perfect memory is a great benefit in obtaining perfect relaxation of the eyes as well as all the nerves of the body. One
cannot remember a letter or other object perfectly unless it has been seen perfectly. When the memory is perfect, the imagination
may also be perfect. Some people with a good imagination find it easier to imagine a letter or other object perfectly when
they do not expend an effort in trying to see it. Knowing what the letter is, with the aid of the imagination, one becomes
able to imagine that it is seen perfectly. (Familiar objects, Eyechart)
It is well to keep
in mind that many patients believe that they see large letters perfectly when they do not and they can be tested by bringing
the card up close to the eyes. The vision should be just as good at fifteen feet as it is at one foot. By improving the memory
and imagination one improves the vision.
Rest or relaxation of the nerves of the eyes, mind and all other parts of the body is necessary before perfect vision can
be obtained. When the nerves of the body are at rest, it is possible to remember, imagine or see all letters or other objects
perfectly. It is not possible to remember, imagine, or see anything without perfect relaxation. Perfect relaxation or rest
comes without effort. When the mind is at rest, any effort to improve the memory, imagination or sight is wrong.
(Use the memory, imagination in a easy, relaxed manner.) When the eye is at rest, it is perfectly passive. The eye
at rest is never stationary: it is always moving. This seems a contradictory statement to make, but it is a fact which does
not permit of any explanation.
One of the best methods of obtaining relaxation is by palming. There is more than one way of palming. One very good way, however,
is to cup both hands, press the sides of the palms together, and place the two hands over the closed eyes and in front of
the nose. When done properly, all light is excluded, one sees black perfectly and relaxation is obtained.
BLINKING: When the normal eye is at rest, the eyelids are
continually closing and opening. Blinking may be done so rapidly that it does not become conspicuous. Moving pictures (movies) have demonstrated that the normal eye may open and close, or blink, five times or more in
one second. The habit of blinking may be acquired by remembering to blink at frequent intervals. All patients with 15 diopters
or more of myopia may blink five times or more in one second when the eye becomes normal and myopic alternately five times
in one second. There are no exceptions to this truth.
PICTURES: The mind is capable of imagining all kinds of mental pictures. When the mind is at rest and the memory
and imagination are perfect, all kinds of mental pictures are produced. When the mind is under a strain, the memory and imagination
are imperfect and mental pictures are indistinct and cannot be remembered for any length of time. Central fixation when properly
imagined is very helpful. With its aid a perfect mental picture may be obtained easily. When a mental picture is remembered
easily and perfectly, the vision is benefited.
Shift on the mental pictures. Imagine them as a movie,
a motion, active picture in the mind.
It is a fundamental
truth that when one letter of the Snellen test card is seen perfectly, all the letters of the Snellen test card can be seen
perfectly. When the sight is perfect, a letter is remembered, imagined or seen as well with the eyes open as when the eyes
are closed. The vision of one letter of the Snellen test card can be improved with the eyes open by practicing the memory
or the perfect imagination of the same letter alternately with the eyes closed. Whatever is done to improve the memory of
one letter is a great benefit, because all the other letters are improved at the same time. This truth can be demonstrated
in all cases. There are no exceptions.
One patient who visited me recently was a girl of about fifteen years or age who
announced that she would have to be cured that day because her parents would not allow her to spend any more time. By teaching
her the fundamentals, this girl became able to improve her memory, imagination, and sight until she could read all the letters
on the test card perfectly. By remembering the first letter of each line perfectly, by imagining it perfectly, she became
able to see it perfectly, because with the help of the retinoscope she demonstrated that when she imagined the first letter
on each line perfectly that her near-sightedness was cured temporarily. When the first letter of each line was seen perfectly,
not only was the letter seen without any error of refraction, but she was able to read all the strange letters on each line
with normal sight. She did not imagine the other letters; she actually saw them.
Usually when persons have become able
to read a familiar Snellen test card with normal vision and to read it continuously, they are able to read a strange card,
and to read it just as perfectly as the familiar card.
A knowledge of the fundamentals which can be demonstrated during
the process of the formation of cataract has suggested successful treatment. The most important fundamental to consider is
that cataract always disappears when the memory or imagination are perfect.
Many cases if opacity of the cornea which
have been preceded by diseases or ulceration are benefited or cured by an intelligent use of the fundamentals. The law of
fundamentals has proved the fact that an imperfect memory will cause an opacity of the cornea. It is not too much to believe
that conical cornea is caused by eyestrain. If this were true we would naturally expect that when the eyestrain was relieved
that the conical cornea would be benefited. It is a good thing to know that “this is the truth.”
chronic glaucoma in which increased tension is present has always been relieved by practicing the fundamentals as described
In the normal eye the tension of the eyeball is always normal. Tension can be produced by an imperfect memory
and the tension can be lessened or corrected completely by the practice of a perfect memory, perfect imagination, and a perfect
The encouraging thing about the fundamentals is that they are always true without any exceptions, that
they always suggest successful treatment and that they always explain the cause of imperfect sight.
Fundamentals, Better Eyesight Magazine July, 1927.
An Artist Suffering From Presbyopia
By Emily C. Lierman
artist, aged 61, who had for many years painted portraits of people who are well known in the West, suddenly became unable
to go on with a painting which was almost completed.
Before I tested his vision with the test card or asked him any
questions at all, he told me his story. As a boy, he began to paint landscapes and ships of all description and when his parents
found that he was especially interested in painting, they encouraged him to make it a special study in school. Before he was
twenty years of age he painted heads of young children, and the expressions of the faces as he painted them were so life-like
that older and more experienced artists were anxious to have him do work for them. Later in life he came from England to California
and there he has become well known because of his work.
I became acquainted with him through a cured patient of Dr. Bates
who had some painting done by this artist. She had noticed that he was straining his eyes to see at the near point and that
at times the work was not satisfactory to himself. He got into the bad habit of using a magnifying glass for the fine details
of a certain painting he was doing. He told me that he had been seriously thinking about giving up the work that he loved
so much, but his wife objected strongly to this because it made him melancholy and despondent.
He had worn glasses for
twenty years and the four latter years he had tried bi-focals which were unsatisfactory. His oculist failed to help his double
vision which interfered greatly with his work; he would see two brushes instead of one, and two objects where there was but
one. Having become well known among the artists in the colony where he lived, it was not easy for him to decide what was best
for him to do.
His eye test was, Right vision 15/40, Left Vision 15/20. When he read the letters of the test card with
his right eye, all of the letters appeared double – the large letters appeared double as well as the smaller ones. When
he read with his left eye all the letters were clear.
I began treating him by improving the vision of both eyes together
until he became able to read 15/15. Then we began to work with the right eye while the left eye was covered with a black patch.
Palming helped him a great deal, so while he was under treatment he was encouraged to keep his eyes closed and covered with
the palms of his hands for half an hour or longer each time. I again tested his right eye with the test card. The double vision
still continued, even though the vision had improved in that eye.
I directed him to palm for a longer time and to get
a mental picture of a painting he had been working on recently. I improved his vision during his first treatment to 15/10
with the right eye as well as with the left and the double vision temporarily disappeared. Mental pictures of the work that
he loved to do relaxed his mind and he himself realized that it was the strain that produced the double vision and that he
had been using his right eye more than the left.
How many people are there in this world who know that they are really
using their eyes correctly? I fear that there are many who do the same as my patient did in unconsciously using one eye more
than the other; that is to say, he strained more with one eye than he did with the other.
‘switching close and far, both eyes, one eye at a time, both eyes together again’ for perfect, equally clear,
balanced vision in the left and right eyes at all distances in the Book: Do It yourself – Natural Eyesight Improvement
and on the website www.cleareyesight.info If I can make myself more clear to those who are interested in this article by explaining how double vision
can be produced consciously, as well as unconsciously, I should like to do so as follows: If one will press the lower lid
of the eye with the forefinger, while both eyes are open, one can immediately produce two objects where there is only one.
The harder the pressure against the lower lid, the further away the one object moves from the other. One is real and the other
is, of course, an illusion.
I believe that it is a good thing to practice this consciously where one is troubled with
double vision. When the double vision becomes worse consciously, one is very apt to become able to cure this error sooner
than is expected. One can imagine how my patient must have strained his right eye in order to produce the double vision constantly,
not only while he was at work but at all times while he was awake. (Tense outer eye muscle placing pressure
on the eye.)
I had a pair of discarded glasses in my office which were left by a cured patient who gave them to
me as a souvenir. I used a paper to cover the lens of the left eye and removed the glass entirely from the right. In this
way my patient was able to practice for a length of time with the right eye without having to use his hand to keep the other
(Holding the hand up leads to tension in the arm, shoulder, neck, back, eye muscles.
Use a eye-patch.)
I placed a large test card on the back of a chair which I located about a foot away from the
patient’s eyes. I then gave him a small test card to hold in his hand. (The letters of the small test card were similar
to those on the card which was on the chair.) The patient was directed to look at a letter of the test card in his hand and
then shift to the same letter on the card a foot away. By doing this he avoided staring. When shifting is done correctly,
not only is the vision improved, but one is relieved of strain in all other parts of the body. The patient practiced the above
for more than half an hour with the result that during the next half hour we were able to improve his distant vision and he
did not see double.
I was not so sure about the patient being able to continue the treatment at home by himself, so I
advised him to come again a week later. When I saw him again, he said that he had noticed a decided improvement in distant
objects while driving his car, and also for near work such as reading his correspondence, but when he tried to do a little
painting, he did not find the shifting so easy, and because of that he could not avoid the double vision at that time. I was
pleased to hear that he had improved to some extent and that it was only left for me to solve his problem of avoiding double
vision while at his work.
During this lesson I described a way to shift from a letter that he was writing to a small
test card which was placed on the desk to the left of him. He glanced at any letter that came within his line of vision, remembered
the letter, and looking back to his pen and paper he was able to continue writing for a while without knowing that he had
eyes. But going back to the work which meant fine details and getting them accurate had caused the same kind of strain which
produced double vision.
I had him try the following: I tore a test card in half and by making a hole in it made it similar
to a palette. He held the card in his hand blank side up and on it were placed letters and numerals in different places. He
was told to imagine that the numeral which was placed in the upper right-hand corner of the card was a certain color to be
used for the painting. He was to place the right hand under the numeral and then point to the card with his right hand. Then
again he placed his finger on a letter which was placed on the lower left-hand corner of the card and then shifted to a card
about a foot away, always pointing to the duplicate of the letter on the card in his hand.
While practicing in the above
way he did not once complain of double vision, so he was advised to try this method at home and to write me within a few days,
giving me a report of the progress he was making. He could not wait a few days, so he wired the next day telling me that he
was successful in shifting from the palette and paint that he was using to the canvas and to do it in an easy way, without
effort or strain and by doing so, for the first time in a long while he did not see double while at work.
I helped him
a great deal by advising him by mail. For a while I did not hear from him and finally one day, I received a telephone message
from him. He was at the home of one of the subjects whose portrait he was painting. This man was seated in a wing chair with
his one arm placed over the side of the chair. My patient stated that his vision blurred as he tried to finish the details
of this painting. The harder he tried to relax and to remember some of the things I had told him to do, the worse his vision
I asked him to start swaying his body slightly from side to side and to imagine that the telephone was moving
in the opposite direction to the way in which his body was moving. He said that he could do that very well and that when he
blinked while he was swaying it was restful. I told him to keep this up for about five minutes or longer and then to go back
to his subject, and imagine that he was moving his body from side to side as he did while he was talking to me over the telephone.
I told him that I would be in my office for the rest of the day, but the arrangement was made that if he had no more trouble
in completing this painting that I would not hear from him again that day. He did not call again. Sometime later he wrote
me a letter, telling me that for the first time he had noticed that some of our test cards had imperfections which he explained
to me in detail. Dr. Bates and I had noticed the mistakes in the printing of some of the cards, but it was seldom that the
patients had noticed these small defects. It pleased me very much that his sight should improve to such an extent that he
was able to detect these mistakes.
Another method which I used during his treatment has also helped others in their particular
line of work. I gave him a small test card with the Fundamentals on the reverse side and asked him to hold it where he could
see the print best. He said that he could not see it well at any distance, but if he held the card at arm’s length,
he could read the Fundamentals up to Number 6, without the sentence appearing double to him. He thought he had made a fine
discovery when he found that he could read to sentence Number 3 by squeezing his eyelids together. I gave him a hand mirror
and asked him to look at himself while he squeezed his lids together, and asked him if he thought it would look well for him
to go through life reading in that way.
The strange part of it was that he did not squint very long while he was looking
in the hand mirror, because, he said, he did not like the expression of his face.
I placed him at my desk with the hand
mirror in front of him, about two feet away. I gave him the Fundamental card to hold and told him to shift from the white
spaces of the type to the mirror and to look at his eyes each time he looked in that direction. He said that shifting from
the narrow white spaces of the Fundamental card to the mirror helped to avoid the double vision at that time, so I told him
to practice it. By alternately palming and shifting from the microscopic type to the Fundamental card type, he became able
to read the finest print on the card at six inches without double vision.
Questions And Answers
– Some days I can read the Snellen test card to the 15 line, while at other times only to the 30 or 20. Why?
– When the eyestrain is less the vision is always better.
Q – While palming is it necessary to close the
A – Yes.
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 - By following
instructions in the book, can cataract be benefited without consulting a physician?
A – Cataract has been benefited
by following the instructions in my book without consulting a physician.
Q – I find conscious blinking a strain,
because I close my eyes temporarily and seem to hold the eyeball stationary. If I shut my eyes for a longer period would that
A – No; the normal eye blinks consciously or unconsciously without effort, without strain, and does
Q – If the sun and light are beneficial, why do you advocate the shutting out of these two by palming?
A – To obtain relaxation. The sun strengthens the eyes and palming rests them.
Q – Why, after palming for
ten minutes or longer and my eyes are rested, do I feel sleepy?
A – The palming is not perfect. Try imagining stationary
objects to be moving when you palm.
Q – When I read and blink consciously, I lose my place. Why?
A - This
is caused by strain, which prevents one from remembering the location of letters.
Q – Explain what you mean when
you say “imperfect sight, imperfect memory.”
A – If you see an object imperfectly, blurred or gray
instead of black, you cannot remember it perfectly.
You will remember it as you see it.
Q – If there a possibility
of palming wrong? I can obtain some benefit, but later I feel strained.
A – Palming may be done properly or it
may be done wrong. I would suggest that you read the chapter on palming in my book.
Q – I get nervous if I palm
for any longer than ten minutes at a time. Can I obtain as much benefit by palming for short periods at more frequent intervals?
A – Yes.
Q - What is the circular swing and how is it practiced?
A – The circular swing is described
in the June number of “Better Eyesight.”
back numbers of “Better Eyesight” from 1919 to 1925, ordinarily listing at 30 cents per copy have been reduced
to 10 cents per copy. These numbers contain articles on cataract, glaucoma, myopia, hypermetropia, astigmatism, presbyopia
(old age sight), ect.