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Breathing - Astigmatism - Stories
From The Clinic: 35. Staring is Bad - A Relief of Whooping Cough – Minutes Of The Better Eyesight League Meeting On
December 12th February 1923 - The Optimum Swing - Eye Strain When Sleeping - Stories From The Clinic; 36. Unusual Cases -
The - Better Eyesight League - Meeting at East Orange, N.J.
A MONTHLY MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO THE PREVENTION AND CURE OF
IMPERFECT SIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES
MANY patients with imperfect sight are benefited by breathing. One of the
best methods is to separate the teeth while keeping the lips closed, breathe deeply as though one were yawning. When done
properly one can feel the air cold as it passes through the nose and down the throat. This method of breathing secures a great
amount of relaxation of the nose, throat, the body generally including the eyes and ears.
A man aged sixty-five, had
imperfect sight for distance and was unable to read fine print without the aid of strong glasses. After practicing deep breathing
in the manner described he became able at once to, read diamond type quite perfectly, as close as six inches from the eyes.
The benefit was temporary but by repetition the improvement became more permanent.
At one time I experimented with a
number of patients, first having them hold their breath and test their vision, which was usually lower when they did not breathe.
They became able to demonstrate that holding their breath was a strain and caused imperfect sight, double vision, dizziness
and fatigue, while the deep breathing at once gave them relief.
There is a wrong way of breathing in which when the air
is drawn into the lungs the nostrils contract. This is quite conspicuous among many cases of tuberculosis.
of physical culture in their classes while encouraging deep breathing close their nostrils when drawing in a long breath.
This is wrong because it produces a strain and imperfect sight. By consciously doing the wrong thing, breathing with a strain
one becomes better able to practice the right way and obtain relaxation and better sight.
The habit of practicing frequently
deep breathing one obtains a more permanent relaxation of the eyes with more constant good vision.
diaphragmatic breathing, yawning is taught by modern Natural Eyesight Improvement teachers.
(& Cornea scars)
By W. H. Bates, M.D.
IN astigmatism the curvature of the eyeball in one principal meridian is
greater than in the one at right angles to it. The eyeball is lop-sided. In such an eye, rays of light, are not focused. It
differs from the near-sighted eye in which parallel rays of light are focused in front of the retina. In the far-sighted eye,
Hypermetropia, parallel rays of light are focused behind the retina.
Occurrence: Astigmatism is very common and may be
near-sighted astigmatism, far-sighted astigmatism or it may be combined with either near-sightedness or far-sightedness. Again
the astigmatic eye may be far-sightedness in one principal meridian and near-sighted in the other. This is called mixed astigmatism.
Regular astigmatism can be corrected by the use of proper glasses. Irregular astigmatism due to a malformation of the front
part of the eyeball, the cornea, the lens or to the eyeball itself cannot be corrected by glasses.
In the normal eye
astigmatism can always be produced by some kind of a strain. One kind of strain will produce one form of astigmatism while
another form will produce a different form. We have an instrument which measures the curvature of the front part of the eye
called the Ophthalmometer. With this instrument we can detect and usually measure astigmatism produced by some change in the
shape of the cornea. We can observe with it the production of corneal astigmatism of varying degrees when the subject strains
either unconsciously or consciously. The amount of astigmatism that can be produced by different individuals is variable.
I have seen people who could consciously produce astigmatism of 3D. By practice one can acquire the ability to consciously
produce astigmatism of the cornea at different axes. This fact may explain why glasses which correct astigmatism at one time
do not correct it at another time.
Many cases of normal eyes have been observed which later acquired astigmatism. In
many instances patients later returned wearing glasses for the correction of astigmatism and complained that the glasses no
longer suited them and when the eyes were tested no astigmatism could be found. It can be demonstrated that astigmatism may
be acquired and that it may spontaneously disappear. What has been said of astigmatism caused by the malformation of the cornea
is also true of the astigmatism caused by malformation of the lens or the eyeball. Many cases have been observed in which
irregular astigmatism following scars on the cornea have become less or have disappeared.
Many authorities believe that
most cases of astigmatism are congential or that people are born with astigmatism. Others believe that it is usually acquired.
I do not know which is correct but I do know that whether acquired or not it can always be benefited or cured by treatment.
As this always happens in my experience I believe that astigmatism is always acquired.
After the cornea or front part
of the eye becomes affected with an ulcer and the ulcer heals it leaves a scar. The irregular contraction of this scar results
in a malformation of various parts of the cornea. Even when the center of the cornea is clear the contraction of scar tissue
at some distance away from it changes the shape of the central part of the cornea in a very irregular way. These cases of
corneal opacity are usually benefited or cured by various methods employed to obtain relaxation. In general I believe that
the long swing always helps and that practice of the short swing of the normal eye is usually followed by a permanent cure.
Some cases of corneal astigmatism of considerable degree, 5D or more have been cured by practice of the swing.
November issue of BETTER EYESIGHT, page two, is described the VARIABLE SWING. One very remarkable case of corneal astigmatism
and conical cornea with irregular astigmatism of more than 5D was benefited by the swing described in one visit and sufficiently
for the patient to obtain temporary normal vision without glasses when at the beginning glasses did not succeed in obtaining
normal sight. The variable swing has been a great help to many patients.
Sinus congestion and
neck muscle tension can cause astigmatism: vertical, parallel, criss-cross pattern lines on a sidewalk… moves, looks
abnormal, causes dizziness. Use a warm steam humidifier with pure filtered water. Use a nasal pot to rinse the sinuses with
warm water and pure organic salt. Local honey acts as a natural immunity against pollen. Honey is made from the bee pollen
collected from the flowers, grass…in the environment that the person is allergic too.
Finger Movement Swing
Recently a patient thirty
years of age, suffering from squint, near-sightedness, astigmatism in one eye of minus 5D with myopia and astigmatism in the
other, obtained temporary normal vision with the aid of the short swing which was regulated by the feeling of the thumb and
finger rubbing against each other, a short distance, a quarter of an inch, from side to side. The patient obtained better
vision when the body was imagined to move opposite to the direction of the moving thumb and less benefit when she imagined
the body moving in the same direction as the thumb. In less than an hour she obtained normal vision for a short time. The
squint became much less and at times both eyes were straight. I expect this case will obtain a permanent cure in a very short
time. However, patients with a considerable amount of corneal astigmatism usually require weeks and months before they obtain
Astigmatism accompanied with a malformation of the lens is not common. Thirty years ago I treated a young girl
for progressive near-sightedness. Her vision with glasses, which were very strong, concave 17D combined with concave 6D.C.,
was only 20/100. With the Ophthalmometer she had no corneal astigmatism. I removed the lens from one eye when the vision became
normal, 20/20, without glasses. The case was exhibited at the Ophthalmological Section of the New York Academy of Medicine
and many of the men present afterwards practiced this method of benefiting the imperfect sight of very bad cases of near-sightedness.
I believe I was the first one in New York to do this operation as none of the members present recalled that anybody else had
performed the same operation or published it. Many surgeons are still doing this operation for the benefit of these cases.
I never did it again because my patient was not permanently benefited; the myopia or near-sightedness returned. The other
eye also had 6 diopters of astigmatism with the cornea normal. For a time relaxation methods improved this eye with the astigmatism
of the lens but before she had obtained a cure she stopped treatment. I have seen other cases of astigmatism accompanied by
a malformation of the lens and usually a temporary improvement in the vision can be obtained. Some of these cases have been
cured. Many cataract patients have an irregular astigmatism produced by the malformation of the lens. After the cataract is
cured the astigmatism disappears.
The treatment of astigmatism in my hands has been very encouraging. It is so easily
produced that it seems to be just as easily relieved. It is so very common that one should realize the facts and study these
cases to obtain prevention and cure. School children acquire astigmatism very frequently and it can always he prevented by
methods described in the August issue of each year of BETTER EYESIGHT. I am quite sure that the fact that treatment always
improves or cures acquired astigmatism in school children, that it more readily prevents it.
I cannot refrain from again
repeating what I have said so often before that the people of this country must wake up and look after the eyesight of the
coming generation, and, on account of the enormous number of children affected with astigmatism some radical steps should
be taken for the benefit of the eyes of school children suffering from astigmatism.
STORIES FROM THE CLINIC
STARING IS BAD
By Emily C. Lierman
STARING is one of the greatest evils I believe. School children at the Clinic
demonstrate it. I never make any progress in the cure of their eyes if I do not begin the treatment first, to prevent staring.
A little Jewish girl has been coming to us for a year. On her first visit, she told us that the school nurse insisted that
her eyes should be examined for glasses. Her mother who was with her, begged me not to put glasses on the child as she had
a great dislike for them and she also believed that glasses could not possibly cure her. I was glad that I did not have to
spend time convincing the mother that her little girl would not need glasses.
I tested her sight with the test card and
she had 20/70 with the right and 20/100 with the left. The girl stared all the while she read the letters and I drew her mother's
attention to this fact. I had instructed the child to look away in another direction after she had read one or two letters
of a line; she then improved her sight with both eyes, to 20/50. Her mother was a great help to me, by watching very carefully
when the child practiced at home. No matter what the child was doing or whenever she read a book or while studying her lessons,
the mother told her not to stare. The directions for treatment at home and in school were:—When she was asked to read
something on the blackboard, she was not to look at the whole of a word or a sentence at once, but to look at the first letter
of a word and blink her eyes, then the word would clear up and she could see the whole word without staring to see it. Then,
in order to read a sentence without staring, she was to look at the first letter of the first word and then look at the last
letter of the last word of the sentence; but to close her eyes frequently while doing this. How proud I was when last June
she was promoted into a higher class without the aid of glasses.
I know, that to the mind of our readers of BETTER EYESIGHT
comes this thought and question. Why is she not cured by this time? It is one year now since she first came for treatment.
This is my answer: The girl had normal vision with both eyes, at the end of six months. Then vacation time came. Instead of
our faithful patient continuing with her treatment until she could retain her normal vision, she stayed away from the Clinic
and also punished her eyes in every way possible during the summer months, by straining at whatever she was doing. For the
last two months, she has worked with her school studies with apparently no trouble whatever, and I glory in the fact that
she was never tempted to put on glasses, which I know so many of Dr. Bates' patients do, when they get discouraged and fail
to get along with the treatment, without the personal instructions of the Doctor.
She was so grateful for what we accomplished,
that her school teacher who had a very high degree of myopia was encouraged through her to become a patient of Dr. Bates and
is now enjoying good sight. The wonderful needle work which was done by this teacher, who by the way has become a very dear
friend of mine, is most beautiful.
One of the ambulance drivers connected with the Harlem Hospital, called on us not
long ago. He was wearing very heavy glasses and his eyes, as they tried very hard to see, looked about the size of pinheads
through his glasses. He had heard of Dr. Bates and his treatment and was eager to obtain some relief from eyestrain. Oculists
told him that nothing more could possibly be done for him. His sight was gradually failing and he feared that he would soon
lose his position. Dr. Bates examined his eyes and told him that he had progressive myopia, but that he could be cured if
he would take the trouble.
Our room never was so crowded with patients and he had to wait some time before receiving
any attention. However, while I was busy with a little boy, who enjoyed palming because it improved his sight so quickly,
the ambulance driver got busy, too. Shifting and swinging also helped my little boy and he found that it was a great relief
to try the different methods which helped him to relax. This interested the man very much, as the smile on his face indicated.
I was very anxious to help him too and was glad when the opportunity came. He stood directly behind my little boy patient
and did as well as he possibly could, just what my little patient was doing. When he first came into the room his vision was
10/200 without glasses. Before I had a chance to treat him, he had improved his sight to 10/70 all by himself. He listened
while I continually repeated to the boy, not to stare. When I told the boy not to look longer than a second at one letter,
because if he did his sight would blur, the man followed my directions carefully, with the result that his sight improved.
When I began to treat this man, he told me that he never knew he stared. He found out that when he did not close his eyes
often, as the normal eye does, then his vision blurred and he could not see any letter at all on the test card. I improved
his sight that day to 10/40. He has not visited us again so far, but he sent in a good report, telling us that he is making
steady progress, improving his sight all the time.
If patients could only remember not to stare at any time, they could
easily overcome their eye troubles.
of something pleasant relaxes the mind, eyes and brings clear vision. When daydreaming, let the minds eyes move, shift on
the objects in the imagination and let the physical eyes also move. Notice that the physical eyes shift automatically when
the mental visual attention shifts on objects in the imagination. Blink. Imagine objects, people, the scenery in motion like
a real life movie in the mind: clear, in color, action. This prevents staring. This can be done with the eyes open and closed.
Worrying, thinking unhappy thoughts leads to tense breathing, body and eye muscle tension, immobility, staring, strain and
unclear vision. Happy thoughts, emotions produce relaxation and clear vision.
A RELIEF FROM WHOOPING-COUGH
BY L. L. BIDDLE, 2ND.
sister's children came down with the whooping-cough a little over two weeks ago. She, of course, called in for a regular physician,
who said as they usually do, that it looked to him like whooping-cough and that she might as well make up her mind that they
would have it for about nine weeks. I think he described it as taking three weeks to fully develop, three weeks at its most
severe state and remaining three weeks to get over it. He prescribed two medicines, one of which was to give them relief when
they coughed too much.
As he prophesied they continued to get worse, and the last two nights they scarcely slept at all.
The youngest one, who is four, seemed to have the worst affects. He would cough for about a minute and then seem to choke
or gag until finally yesterday, he spit up some blood. My sister and I got worried, however, as the medicine which the doctor
prescribed to relieve the cough whenever it was at its worst, seemed to give him little relief.
Therefore, I asked Dr.
Bates whether he could suggest a more satisfactory means of helping the children. He said, in his usual assuring way, "A
little child about three and a half years old came to me with whooping-cough. I showed him how to palm; and every time he
felt a cough coming on he would put his hands over his eyes, and by doing so lost his desire to cough."
I went into the nursery and, as usual, found them intermittently going into these terrible fits of coughing, so I explained
to them, as best I could, how to palm. I first took the older boy, who is seven, and told him to put the palms of his hands
over his eyes, making sure that he did not push the eyeballs. Then I asked him if he could imagine anything blacker and he
said, "No, it is as black as anything I ever saw."
I said, "As soon as you think you are going to cough
put your hands over your eyes the same way again and imagine it is as dark as possible." He soon exclaimed, "I feel
like coughing now." So I told him to put his hands up quickly and imagine everything was pitch black. He did so and did
not cough as badly as usual. This was very encouraging, so I said: "See, that has helped you." So the next time
you have the slightest idea that you want to cough, put your hands over your eyes the same way and imagine everything black."
He did this and it worked magic for he did not cough at all.
The little fellow, who as I said before, is only four, had
been watching very intently and as usual was trying to copy his brother, so I had little difficulty in showing him how to
palm with the same results.
I came back that afternoon and found the nurse in a very relieved state of mind so I asked
her if she had any good news. She told me that it had worked like a charm and instead of their coughing and finally practically
choking, as usual, every time either one of them felt like coughing he would put up his hands, remember something very black
and prevent coughing. Moreover, the younger one became so expert that several times when he would forget to palm, the older
boy would yell at him, "See black Tony, see black," and the little fellow would quickly put his hands over his eyes
and the cough would stop almost instantaneously.
OF THE BETTER EYESIGHT LEAGUE MEETING ON DECEMBER 12th
THE meeting on Tuesday, December 12th, was opened by the President, Mr. Varney, and in the absence of Mr.
Everett, Miss Meder acted as Secretary. Mr. Varney called the meeting exactly at eight o'clock, and told the members that
it would be closed punctually at nine, so no time was lost.
A Branch League was started in East Orange, N. J., Dr. Bates
attended, and gave a talk about his work, to the assembly. We were all eager to hear his experience there, and asked him to
When he arrived, Dr. Bates said that the feature that most surprised him, was that such a large audience came
just to hear him speak. He admitted that he had seen larger crowds at movies, or theatres, but never such a collection of
human beings who were perfectly willing to sit quietly, while he did the talking.
The second thing that impressed him
was the attentiveness, and quietness that prevailed while he was describing his various discoveries, and method of treating
imperfect vision without glasses. He spoke for a little more than two hours, and was interrupted several times while the chairs
were pushed closer together, and more set up in the rear. He was asked to speak louder, because the two adjoining rooms were
filled with people, and they were hard-pressed to hear distinctly.
At the end of two hours, when the meeting broke up,
Dr. Bates was surrounded by individuals who wished him to elaborate on some of his remarks, and demonstrate others. In this
manner another hour was consumed.
All in all, Dr. Bates was delighted with his reception, and the success of the meeting.
He remarked that such a robust child would quickly out-grow the parent organization, and that we members will have to get
in step in this march, quit marking time, out-strip, or at least keep abreast of this East Orange Branch.
An open discussion
followed Dr. Bates' story, in which Mr. Varney described how he helped a friend of his. He began by asking that we, as members,
should pass along our magazines and books to those who have not heard of Dr. Bates' method. He, Mr. Varney, said that an engineer
friend of his had worn glasses for a number of years, and each year they had to be made stronger. This not only necessitated
great trouble, but they did not improve the sight. Mr. Varney gave him his copy of "PERFECT SIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES"
and explained it to his friend. The last report he had from him, was that he removed his glasses (that was three months ago),
and he can now do his close work without the pain and fatigue that he had while using them.
These little personal experiences
pleased Dr. Bates very much, and while we were still discussing Mr. Varney's story, one lady, whose name I do not know, spoke
to us in such a sincere enthusiastic way, that we could not help but catch her enthusiasm. The gist of her speech was that
we all should strive with all our might to remove from the eyes of our friends, relatives, and acquaintances, the crutches
that do not support, but hamper and in most cases, destroy, good sight.
The thought that rankled her heart most was that
now DOLLS are being exhibited that have miniature glasses. A woman will stroll along with a little girl, also wearing glasses,
and will exclaim with ecstasies, that it is the cutest thing she has seen in a blue moon, and she is going to get her little
daughter just such a pair of tortoise-shelled glasses. Our speaker has discovered the fact that people are under the illusion
that glasses add to one's dignity, and also look studious. This feeling is one that has to be overcome by common sense, and
the application of Dr. Bates' treatment.
One of the new-comers among the members leaned forward and seemed intensely
interested in all that went on. She spoke up and said that she was a teacher in Erasmus Hall High School and read the book
"PERFECT SIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES," and from it was able to lay aside her glasses, and become able to use her eyes
more comfortably. Recently, she corrected more than 100 examination papers, and each time she corrected five, she palmed for
a few minutes, and was benefited. After hearing the various comments from our members, she asked Dr. Bates how she could go
about having the system installed in her classes. She was sure that it would promote efficiency along with better eyesight.
She also gave us an idea which we will discuss more fully at the January meeting. She asked why couldn't we have a mass meeting
such as that of East Orange. She alone would bring all her school teacher friends, numbering from twenty to twenty-five. This
excellent suggestion was very encouraging. We hope that in January we can get together and think of a way to spread this doctrine
of BETTER EYESIGHT in a way that will take in everybody who is the least bit interested in their own sight, and the sight
of those who are troubled by imperfect vision.
What really was the keynote of the meeting, though, was preserving the
sight of school children. They are the innocent victims of their parents' ignorance. If we can reach then, through the school
authorities, it will eventually come to the notice of their parents, and in this manner it will become known, and be helpful
to the present and future generation. With these plans in our mind for the subject of our next meeting, Mr. Varney called
the meeting to order, and we adjourned. The next meeting, which we are going to make exceptionally interesting, will be held
here on January 9th, at 8 P. M.