A MONTHLY MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO THE
PREVENTION AND CURE OF IMPERFECT SIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES
That the smaller the object regarded, the easier it is to remember. One can, with time and trouble, become able to remember
all the words of one page of a book. It is easier to remember one word than all the words of a page. It is still easier to
remember one letter of a word better than all the letters. Regard a capital letter. Demonstrate that it is easier to see or
remember the top of the letter best, and the bottom of it less clearly than to remember the top and bottom perfectly and simultaneously.
Now look directly at the upper right hand corner and imagine one-fourth of the letter best. Then cover the remaining three-quarters
of the letter with a piece of paper. It is possible to look directly at the exposed part of the letter and imagine half of
it best. Cover the part that is not seen distinctly, and demonstrate that half of the exposed part of the letter can be seen
or imagined best, while the rest of it is not seen so clearly. With the aid of the screen, an area as small as an ordinary
period, may finally be imagined. Demonstrate that the imagination of a perfectly black small period, forming part of a small
letter at fifteen feet, enables one to distinguish that letter.
II. That, with the eyes closed, a small black period
can be imagined blacker than one three inches in diameter. If this fact cannot be readily demonstrated with the eyes closed:
1. Stand close to a wall of a room, three feet or less, and regard a small black spot on the wall six feet from the floor.
Note that you cannot see a small black spot near the bottom of the wall at the some time.
2. Place your hand on the wall
six feet from the floor, and note that you cannot see your hand clearly when you look at the bottom of the wall.
By W. H. BATES, M.D.
MYOPIA has been called near-sightedness, because the vision is usually very
good for objects which are seen at a near point, while very dim or blurred for objects at ten feet or farther. In myopia,
the eyeball is elongated. The normal eye, when reading fine print, becomes elongated, or myopic, during the time that the
eye is focused for reading.
Acute myopia: When myopia is acquired, it is called acute myopia in the early stages. When
treated at this time, it is readily curable without glasses. The practice of prescribing glasses in these cases, leads to
a permanent use of them.
Progressive myopia: In these cases, the myopia increases quite rapidly, and may be accompanied
by much discomfort, pain, fatigue, and loss of vision. In advanced cases, many become unable to see as well with very strong
glasses as they can without them.
Complicated myopia: Many authorities have stated that the myopic eye is usually a diseased
eye. It may be complicated with cataract or other eye diseases, or it may not. The exceptions are so numerous, that it can
usually be demonstrated that diseases of the eye have nothing whatever to do with the cause of uncomplicated myopia.
Myopia usually occurs at about twelve years of age. It is rarely congenital. Some become myopic at
the age of four, fifteen, seventy, or any age, earlier or later. Some children with normal vision may go through life without
becoming myopic. Risley, after a careful study of the eyes of school children, believed that myopia was only acquired by children
with astigmatism or with hypermetropia (far-sightedness). At one time, statistics were quoted that children living in large
cities had myopia to a greater extent than those who lived in the country. I believe statistics are uncertain, because one
can generally obtain statistics which prove the contrary.
It is a popular belief that habitual use of the eyes for reading,
sewing, or for any other use at a near point, promotes the increase of myopia. Simultaneous retinoscopy always demonstrates
that near use of the eyes—even under a strain in a poor light—instead of producing myopia, always lessens it or
corrects it altogether.
Myopia – Distant Blur
= abnormally elongated eyeball.
Clear distant vision = Eye shape is round.
Reading, looking at close objects, close
distance with relaxation = The eye lengthens, elongates slightly and is almost round. This brings the abnormally elongated
eye closer to the normal round shape necessary for clear distant vision. When the eye then looks to the distance, if relaxation
is maintained, the eye tends to change to the correct round shape for distance and avoids the incorrect elongated shape that
causes distant blur.
Another theory, that individuals who use their eyes repeatedly for distant
vision suffer less from myopia, has also been disproved by simultaneous retinoscopy. A strain to see at the distance always
produces myopia. During the late war, it was unusual to find sailors or aviators with normal vision, or normal eyes without
eye-strain. In order to obtain recruits for these branches of the service, because of the general prevalence of myopia, the
standard of the requirements for admission had to be repeatedly lowered.
is always accompanied by a strained look of the eyes, when regarding objects. Partly closing the eyelids, a form of squinting,
is often observed in myopia. When the sight is imperfect, this practice may improve distant vision for a few seconds; but
at a near point when the sight is good, about five inches from the face, squinting always lowers the vision, especially when
one eye is covered. The habit of squinting at any distance lowers the vision at all distances.
Staring can always be demonstrated to be the principal cause, if not the only cause of myopia. There
are no exceptions. We may say: "It is a truth that the cause of myopia is the stare." Contributing causes are numerous.
Any child with normal eyes and normal sight, will at once become temporarily myopic if you scold him severely. Teachers with
normal sight and normal eyes are usually relaxed, and do not stare or strain. On the other hand, teachers who wear glasses
for myopia, are under a strain. This strain is contagious, and children under their care are more apt to acquire myopia than
those who are under the care of teachers with normal eyes and normal sight.
The cause suggests the cure. Since the stare or strain produces myopia, the cure would naturally
be rest or relaxation. This is obtained by palming, swaying, and improving the memory and imagination.
; Close your eyes and rest them for at least half an hour. Some receive more relaxation by covering the closed eyelids with
the palm of one or both hands thus excluding all light. By thinking of pleasant things, rest your mind as well as your eyes.
Some mild cases have been cured, at first temporarily, and later more continuously by faithfully following this practice.
2. Swaying ; Stand with the feet about one foot apart, facing the Snellen test card at a distance of fifteen
feet. Sway from side to side, while moving the head and eyes in the same direction. It is a benefit to the sight to alternately
open and close the eyes while swaying slowly, easily, and continuously a short distance from side to side. It is a help to
imagine the Snellen test card, or one or more letters on the card, to be moving opposite to the movement of the body, head,
and eyes. If the card, or a letter of the card, does not appear to move, the vision soon becomes imperfect.
from side to side, and observing that one or more letters appear to move in the opposite direction, it is possible for one
with normal vision to imagine that the letters are seen with central fixation. By this is meant, seeing best the point regarded,
and other points not so clearly. With normal sight, the point regarded shifts constantly. The vision is always imperfect if
the letters are not seen, one part best. When regarding the letter "C," notice that when you look at the top of
it, you see that part best, and the rest not so clearly. Then, notice that when you look at the bottom of the letter, you
see that part best, and the top not so clearly. This can be done with any object. When regarding a chair, notice that when
you look at the back of it, you see the back more clearly than the rest of the chair. Then, when you look at the legs, they
are seen more clearly than the back is seen.
When practiced properly, without effort, the sway enables one to imagine
each of the smaller letters to be as black as the largest letter on the card. The white part of all letters is also imagined
to be whiter than other parts of the test card, where there are no letters.
3. Memory and Imagination:
Improving the memory and imagination, is one of the quickest methods of curing myopia. This can be done by practicing with
two Snellen test cards. Place one on the wall of the room, and hold the other close enough to the eyes to enable you to read
the smallest letters with good or perfect sight. Now, step back one inch from the card on the wall, and read one of the smallest
letters on the card in your hand. Then quickly close your eyes for one second, and remember the letter as well as you have
seen it. Open your eyes and flash the same letter on the wall-card. Quickly close your eyes, whether there is an improvement
in the vision or not, in order to avoid the stare or strain. Alternate, until the imagination of a letter on the wall-card
at seven inches, becomes equal to the vision of the same letter on the hand-card at six inches. When this is accomplished,
increase the distance to eight inches from the wall-card. When the known letter can be imagined on the wall-card at eight
inches for a second or fees, in flashes, as well as it can be seen at six inches for a longer period of time, increase the
distance to nine or ten inches. Continue to increase the distance by gradually stepping back, as long as you can flesh the
known letter on the wall-card, as well as, you can see it at six inches on the hand-card. When your ability to imagine or
flash a known letter fails at five feet or farther, it is usually best to move closer,—close enough to flash successfully
One patient with myopia of 7.00 D. S., vision 4/200, obtained more benefit from "flashing"
than from any other method. In half an hour, she became able to flash the letters at fifteen feet, as well as she could see
them at six inches. When this was accomplished, her myopia disappeared, and she read a strange card 'with normal vision at
fifteen feet, almost as well as she could see it at six inches.
order to prevent, as well as to cure myopia, it is necessary that you use your eyes correctly all day long.
1. blink frequently, just as the normal eye does. Staring is a strain, and
always lowers the vision.
2. Shift constantly from one point to another, seeing best the part you are looking at, and
other parts not so clearly.
3. All day long, your head and eyes are moving. It is important that you notice stationary
objects to be moving in the opposite direction to the movement of your head and eyes. When you walk around the room or on
the street, notice that the floor or pavement appears to come toward you, while objects on either side of you, appear to move
in the opposite direction to the movement of your body.
4. Practice daily with the Snellen test card for five minutes
Shifting, blinking, and imagining stationary objects to be moving, can be practiced at all times and in all
places, . no matter what you may be doing.
from the Clinic
By EMILY C. LIERMAN
MANY times I have been called upon to answer the question: "How do you
treat or cure myopic cases?" This has been asked not only by laymen, but also by physicians. It is not an easy question
to answer, because myopic cases vary in their response to treatment, and each requires an individual application of the method.
Some patients with a high degree of myopia improve or recover in a reasonable length of time, while others with only a slight
degree become despondent, because it takes so long to be cured. These patients fail, because they are unable to retrain from
making an effort to see. Myopic cases are cured quickly when they do exactly as they are told, instead of straining their
eyes by trying to see.
Progressive myopia is generally believed to be incurable, and to my knowledge there is no method
of benefiting or curing it other than the bates method.
A man, seventy years of age, called on me recently to learn what
he could about the method. He said that he had been myopic since birth. Several eye-specialists had told him that he could
never be cured. Opticians had also told him the same thing. His eyeglasses were changed every two or three years, and each
time he was given stronger ones. When he was examined with the ophthalmoscope, it was found that he had incipient cataract
in both eyes, in addition to myopia. When I told him about the cataracts, he said that other doctors had also informed him
of them. He asked if I could help him, when so many others had attempted to do so by fitting him with glasses, and had failed.
I told him glasses were not necessary, and suggested that he try the Bates method. With much hesitation, he finally consented.
He said that he would believe in the treatment if I could improve the vision of either eye, for the distance, in one visit.
At ten feet from the test card, he could see only the two hundred line, or the letter "C," but he said even that
looked very much blurred.
I taught him to palm, and while he was resting his eyes in this way, asked him if he could
remember a favorite chair in his home, or the title of a book he had read. I reminded him of a sunset, and a white cloud in
a blue sky. He visualized the mental pictures described, and nodded his head as I mentioned one thing and then another. I
continued this method for half an hour, and then asked him to remove his hands from his eyes, but not to open them. I told
him to stand with eyes closed, and sway his body a short distance from side to side, just as an elephant does. This made him
smile, but he did as I told him. He was than directed to open his eyes, and to blink frequently as he swayed. While moving
his body from left to right, he was able to flash the letters of the test card, and without stopping, he read 10/50 with both
His face expressed his pleasure, and his eyes twinkled as he remarked: "I'm coming back for more treatment
and will prove to those, who gave me no hope, that I am cured!"
patient, a woman, thirty-five years of age, was cured of myopia in two months' time. Her vision of the test card was 5/40
in each eye. During her first treatment, she made very little progress, because she strained so hard to see beyond two feet
from her eyes. Palming seemed to tire, instead of helping her. She frequently removed her hands from her eyes, although she
still kept them closed. I decided to have her try swaying her body from side to aide, first while sitting in a chair, and
later while standing. To help her to sway rhythmically, I practiced with her, and reminded her to blink all the time. When
she became able to imagine things about the room to be moving in a direction opposite to the movement of her body, I told
her to Flash one letter of the test card at a time. When she saw things moving in an opposite direction about the room, her
eyes remained open in a natural way. Just as soon as she glanced at the letters of the test card, she squeezed her eyes, practically
closing them, and the muscles of her face became tense. When she was again seated in her chair and had closed her eyes, I
placed three large test cards, all similar, at different distances from where she was seated. I placed the nearest about one
foot away, the second three feet, and the third, five feet from her eyes. We again started the standing sway and, while blinking,
she was directed to look at a letter on the card nearest her, then to flash the same letter on the next card, and to repeat
this with the distant card. This method was successful, and she was overcome with joy as she flashed each letter in turn on
Eight weeks later, she read 10/10 on different test cards. The retinoscope showed no more eyestrain, and the
patient has not had a relapse since.
"Wearing Glasses to Strengthen the Eyes"
A Billion Dollar Industry Based on an Error!
By DR. WENDELL A. DIEBOLD
TENS of thousands make their living in a profession whose basis is founded
on a misconception! Strong statements I grant you, yet the saddest part is that they are only too true.
Fitting of glasses
to aid our vision on the theory that the lens of the eye is a factor in accommodation, is the present practice. It is true
that glasses do enable some people to see better—for a time—just as any crutch may help a lame man to get about,
but when his lameness is gone or his broken leg has mended, he can throw away his crutch. Not so with the crutches of the
eye. The longer, in most cases at least, glasses are worn, the poorer becomes the vision and the stronger must the lens be.
In other words, the eyesight gradually becomes less acute—its keenness diminishes.
If glasses really strengthened
the eyes, why should stronger and stronger lenses, ever so often, be required? If the theory that we are born with defective
organs of sight (a rare condition), were correct, there might be some justification for the enormous number of folks with
glasses, but all errors of refraction are functional, therefore, curable by the proper methods.
The general teaching
regarding the eye has been that it is more or less of a fixed organ. It is supposed that some are born with short eyes and
therefore they are apt to have various degrees of far-sightedness, and astigmatism—while others are supposedly born
with long eyeballs, and therefore they are doomed to short or near-sight, technically known as myopia.
Helmholtz Lens Theory
Experiments, made over a hundred years ago by Helmholtz and others in photographing a candle light's
reflection from the front of the lens, are supposed to have demonstrated that the curvature of the lens changes during accommodation.
Helmholtz's conclusion from his experiments was that the lens contracted and expanded. This supposed contraction and expansion
of the lens was thought to be the factor that enabled the eye to accommodate for the near and distant point in reading. I
say, it seemed so to them, although Helmholtz was never entirely satisfied himself, but his followers "more loyal than
the king," for over a hundred years have accepted what he considered as the probable cause of the fact without further
question, or attempt to prove or disprove the idea. All our present practice has been and is based upon this theory. If the
theory can be shown to be wrong, then the whole present practice of the eye glass fitting fraternity, based on that theory,
will have been proven to be wrong. A correct practice cannot be founded on an incorrect or untrue premise.
the rank and file of the eye glass fraternity have blindly accepted the teaching handed down to them in their colleges and
schools, there have been many experiences in their actual application that have not coincided with their theory. A classical
example is the cases of people who have had their lenses removed through a cataract operation and still have been able to
acquire the ability to accommodate without a lens. This could never have occurred if the lens were the factor of accommodation.
Again, tens of thousands of cases of near-sight, far-sightedness and astigmatism have been corrected and normal vision secured.
It is evident that these results could not have been secured if the error of refraction were a fixed thing—something
people were supposed to have been born with, and not a functional condition as first maintained by Dr. W. H. Bates of New
Dr. Bates Experiments
Dr. Bates, as long ago as 1886, cured cases of myopia by a simple method
based on a principle that he later demonstrated scientifically. He was one of the few who was not satisfied with the usual
explanations and when he found that he could by some simple methods secure correction of "errors of refraction,"
he realized that the old theory must be wrong. What did he do? He tried to prove, by reenacting the same experiment that Helmholtz
performed, that the lens accommodation theory was correct. He worked almost continuously for two years and every experiment
made proved that the theory was wrong, due to a mistaken interpretation of certain facts. Then he had to prove his own theory,
which is, that the extrinsic muscles that move the eyeball also control its shape. The oblique muscles in contracting elongate
the eyeball, producing myopia, and the recti muscles in contracting shorten the eyeball and produce hypermetropia. He made
many thousands of experiments on animals of all kinds. He found that by cutting the superior oblique muscle that the retinoscope
would not show any focusing of the eye. When it was sewed together again, the eye focused normally as before. This proves
that the tension of the extrinsic muscles determines the shape of the eye, therefore, its focusing. So, on this basis, Dr.
Bates says that the bad habit of staring and straining (and squinting) to see (and other conditions
of mental and bodily strain), causes an undue tension on the extrinsic muscles, which does not allow the eyeball to accommodate
through shortening or lengthening at will, as it should, and therefore give us perfect vision. Now the proof of the pudding
is in the eating; not only has Dr. Bates, for many years, corrected all kinds of defective vision in tens of thousand of cases,
but many other physicians all over this country and England, by using his methods, are securing the correction of far-sight,
short-sight, "old age sight," astigmatism, cross-eyes, and even cases of cataract and glaucoma.
work and researches are undoubtedly one of the greatest boons of this century that has come to suffering mankind. Generations
unborn will do homage to him. He at last has made it possible for nearly everyone to regain normal sight. The practice of
a few of his simple rules will positively prevent children from ever developing defective vision. From a lifetime of study
and practice, he asserts with the conviction of one who knows whereof he speaks, that to put glasses on children is a crime.
My own experience convinces me that children and young people can regain perfect vision if they have lost it, or maintain
it if they are now blest with it. The results in at least seventy-five per cent of adult cases have been more than gratifying
in that their vision has been restored to normal. Even the cases where restoration could be only partially accomplished, because
of the great degree of degeneration that had taken place, have been much improved.
All cases can secure improvement by
these methods. Most cases can secure good sight without glasses, and young people and children can secure perfect vision without
In the year 2009 there are different theories, facts concerning what causes/cures unclear
vision, how accommodation (eye looking at close distances) occurs.
Dr. Bates proved that the outer eye muscles can produce
Dr. Bates experiments proved that outer eye muscle tension disrupts the shape, function of the eye, cornea,
lens, eye muscle function, focus of light rays in the eye, circulation, pressure on/in the eye resulting in unclear vision
at close and far distances, astigmatism, strabismus, cataracts, conical cornea, detached retina, glaucoma, macula degeneration
and other eye problems.
Dr. Bates proved that relaxation of the eye muscles returns the eye, cornea, lens to normal
shape, function, eye muscles to correct function, correct focus of light rays in the eye, normal eye pressure and circulation
resulting in clear vision and removal, prevention of astigmatism, strabismus, cataracts, conical cornea, detached retina,
glaucoma, macula degeneration and other eye problems.
Tension is also removed from the optic nerve enabling it to return
to normal health, function.
The old Helmholtz theory, (now being stated as fact by most modern ophthalmologists) states
that the lens changes shape due to action of the ciliary muscle to produce accommodation. Some eye doctors state that both
the lens and eye change shape, others theorize the lens moves forward and backward as in a camera to focus on close and distant
The size of the pupil, (controlled by the iris muscles) also changes and affects clarity of vision when looking
at different distances, in different levels of light. The pupil constricts, becomes smaller in low light and when looking
at close distances.
Accommodation and pupil constriction occur together. The ciliary and iris muscles may function together.
Mood, thoughts, emotions, pain, drugs, alcohol, caffeine, aspartame sweetener, some herbs affect pupil size, function.
A negative mood, fear, worry, tension, drugs… can cause abnormal pupil size in light, dark and affect the clarity
of vision and may affect accommodation, un-accommodation.
Since accommodation, un-accommodation occurs/functions with
convergence, divergence, these functions can also be affected.
The Bates method relaxes and activates correct function
of all the eye muscles; outer – oblique, recti, muscle for tears, blinking… and the inner eye muscles –
ciliary, iris… - resulting in clear vision.
state of the mind, emotions, brain function also effects vision. Tension, strain in the mind can cause unclear vision and
other eye problems even when the muscles are working normally, relaxed and the eye shape is correct.
The Bates method
also improves the clarity of vision, eye health by relaxing the mind, improving brain function, left and right brain hemispheres,
memory, imagination…emotions, thoughts.
theory of accommodation states that because the lens becomes hard with age (40 and up) the ciliary muscle can no longer change
the shape of the lens to produce accommodation for clear close vision.
Many people 40 years and older, senior citizens,
persons that have had cataract surgery, full removal of the lens see clear at close and far distances. People that have experienced
unclear close vision at any age; young, 40, older have improved their close vision to normal with the Bates Method. This occurs
due to the outer eye muscles changing the shape of the eye or the lens never becoming hard or the lens becoming flexible again,
or the ciliary muscle relaxing, being freed from tension, strain, dysfunction, improved diet, circulation to/in the eye, lens
or all of these conditions.
The lens and cornea refract/bend, focus light rays entering the eye, onto the retina. Cornea
80%, lens 20%.
The cornea and lens also control the amount of sunlight entering the eyes, acting as natural protection
from overexposure to sunlight.
The size of the lens continues to grow into old age. The cornea can rebuild/heal itself,
repairing injury, ulcers, scars.
The Bates Method helps activate this natural healing.
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A Radio Talk
By EMILY C. LIERMAN
I BELIEVE that most people are interested in knowing how to prevent eyestrain.
Strain is the cause of much discomfort, pain, and fatigue. I want to reach those who must use their eyes all day long, those
who are employed in offices, factories, stores, shops, and, in fact, wherever good eyesight is required.
I would like
to say a few words to the business man who really needs good sight for the work he does. If he can accomplish his work without
the aid of eye-glasses, it is done with less fatigue and in less time than when glasses are worn. Reports which have been
received from those who have been treated, verify this fact.
When glasses are worn, the eyes and the mind are not at
rest. When the eyes and mind are under a strain, it is difficult to work efficiently. When the business man or woman is arranging
a business deal, unless the mind and body are relaxed, mistakes are made which may mean a great loss.
Eyestrain is contagious.
This is particularly obvious in the department stores. While waiting at a sales counter to be served, I have watched the person
ahead of me, straining her eyes as she explained to the saleslady just what she wanted. Unconsciously, the saleslady feels
the strain of the customer and, not realizing the cause, suffers throughout the rest of the day, unless she knows how to relax.
The saleslady, in attempting to please, tries so hard that she often fails to make a sale, because of the tension of all the
nerves in her body. She does not know that this is caused by eyestrain. In five minutes' time she can be relaxed if she knows
what to do. If she will remember to blink her eyes frequently, just as the normal eye does, all day long, she will feel relaxed
and rested. When she talks to a customer, she should shift her eyes from one part of the customer's face to the other remembering
to blink as she shifts from one eye to the other, to the nose, from one cheek to the other, the chin, the mouth, and back
to the forehead. In this way she feels no fatigue whatever. I am not thinking so much of her sales ability, as I am of the
restful feeling she desires to have when her working hours are over.
This applies not only to those who work in department
stores and shops, but also to office workers. The stenographer who has to listen sometimes for hours at a time, taking dictation
from the nervous employer who perhaps finds it hard to be pleasant, also needs all the pleasure and recreation that she can
get. While she is taking the dictation, she must be careful not to be affected by the strain in the sound of the voice dictating
to her. If she is not careful, she will make mistakes or be in a much strained condition of mind and body, when she leaves
the office. Her strain can be relieved by watching her pencil move as she writes, being sure to blink frequently. Her employer
appreciates her efficiency much more when she is able to take dictation without tension or strain.
Most people strain
their eyes while they are asleep. Indications of strain are swollen eyelids upon rising in the morning, a feeling of heaviness
and of not having had enough sleep. Early morning headaches are usually caused by eyestrain during sleep. This strain can
ordinarily be relieved or prevented by palming. By this, I mean to close the eyes and cover them with the palms of both hands
in such a way as to exclude all light, without exerting any pressure on the closed eyelids. If this is practiced before retiring
and immediately upon rising in the morning, the eyes become relaxed sometimes within a period of five minutes.
Avoid twisting the neck when sleeping. Do not sleep on the stomach. Sleeping on the back is best to remove
all pressure on nerves, muscles, vertebrae, joints. Some people prefer to sleep on their side. If its not causing tension,
Have you ever noticed an elephant as he sways his body from side to side? Sometimes he is looking straight
ahead of him, or he is watching his trunk, as he sways his body. It means everything to the comfort of the elephant to keep
swaying from side to side. This gives him a feeling of rest and relaxation and prevents him from becoming discontented and
The lion and tiger in captivity are always pacing up and down their cages. They are contented knowing that sometime
or other the keeper will satisfy their appetites. They keep moving all the time they are awake, because in this way they obtain
rest and relaxation. As the animal receives rest and relaxation, so may the human being, by swaying from side to side without
effort or strain.
The long swing is particularly beneficial in improving the vision, and invariably helps those who do
not sleep well. Stand with the feet about one foot apart, facing squarely one side of the room. Lift the left heel a short
distance from the floor, while turning the shoulders, head, and eyes to the right, until the line of the shoulders is parallel
with the wall. Now, turn the body to the left, after placing the left heel upon the floor and raising the right heel. Alternate
looking from the right wall to the left wall, being careful to move the head and eyes with the movement of the shoulders.
When practiced easily, continuously, without effort and without paying any attention to moving objects, one soon becomes conscious
that the long swing relaxes the tension of the muscles and nerves.
(in the body and eyes.)
Stationary objects move with varying degrees of rapidity. Objects located almost directly in front of you appear to move
with express train speed and should be very much blurred. It is very important to make no attempt to see clearly objects which
seem to be moving very rapidly. By practicing the long swing fifty times or more just before retiring and immediately after
rising in the morning, eyestrain during sleep has been prevented or relieved.
I would like to encourage the tired mother
who stands on her feet most of the day, performing duties of the household which are seemingly endless. It is not always the
small baby that tires her most; but the strain and tension caused by her concern for the comfort of her husband and other
members of the family. Her desire to attend to all of her duties sometimes causes a great deal of eyestrain. This is more
noticeable to her when she is called upon to thread a needle or to sew. Before she tries to thread a needle, she should close
her eyes and rest them for just a second or two, holding the needle in place so that when she opens her eyes, she may see
the eye of the needle. By blinking, she will soon become able to thread the needle without her glasses. She should remember,
while attending to other duties in the household, to blink her eyes and sway her body slightly from side to side. She can
do this all day long, no matter what she may be doing, whether cooking or sweeping the floor, washing dishes, or anything
else, and she will feel relaxed and happy.
It is a wise mother who keeps a rocking chair handy to rock her baby to sleep.
The swaying back and forth gives rest to the baby and peace of mind to the mother. If she has children who attend school,
she can easily teach than to relax by palming and swaying for a very short time before school. The mother can remind her child
to blink the eyes often and not to stare at the blackboard or at the teacher. The child will soon notice that his vision becomes
For the benefit of those who desire to improve their eyesight and to work without the aid of eyeglasses, I shall
be glad to answer any question addressed to me at this station, WMSG.
WMCA Radio Talks
it may interest our readers and their friends to know that each day, between four and four-thirty P. M., a short book-review
on the works of Dr. Bates and Mrs. Lierman will be broadcasted from the Hotel McAlpin Station, WMCA. Any criticisms or suggestions
will be appreciated.