Cured in Fifteen Minutes - Better Eyesight, September 1919, Editor:W. H. Bates, M.D.

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    Zetsu Guest


    Patients often ask how long it takes to be cured. The answer is that
    it takes only as long as it takes to relax. If this can be done in
    five minutes, the patient is cured in five minutes, no matter how
    great the degree of his error of refraction, or how long its duration.
    All persons with errors of refraction are able to relax in a few
    seconds under certain conditions, but to gain permanent relaxation
    usually requires considerable time. Some persons, however, are able to
    get it very quickly. These quick cures are very rare, except in the
    case of children under twelve; but they do occur, and I believe the
    time is coming when it will be possible to cure everyone quickly. It
    is only a question of accumulating more facts and presenting them in
    such a way that the patient can grasp them quickly.

    A very remarkable case of a quick cure was that of a man of fifty-five
    who had worn glasses for thirty years for distant vision and ten years
    for reading, and whose distant vision at the time he consulted me was

    When he looked at the Snellen test card the letters appeared grey to
    him instead of black. He was told that they were black, and the fact
    was demonstrated by bringing the card close to him. His attention was
    also called to the fact that the small letters were just as black as
    the large ones. He was then directed to close and cover his eyes with
    the palm of his hands, shutting out all the light. When he did this he
    saw a perfect black, indicating that he had secured perfect relaxation
    and that the optic nerve and visual centers of the brain were not
    disturbed. While his eyes were still closed he was asked:
    "Do you think that you can remember with your eyes open the perfect
    black that you now see?"
    "Yes," he answered, "I know I can."

    When he opened his eyes, however, his memory of the black was
    imperfect, and though able to read the large letters, he could not
    read the small ones. A second time he was told to close and cover his
    eyes, and again he saw a perfect black. When he opened his them he was
    able to retain complete control of his memory, and so was able to read
    the whole card. This was ten minutes after he entered the office.

    Diamond type was now given him to read, but the letters looked grey to
    him, and he could not distinguish them. Neither could he remember
    black when he was looking at them, because in order to see them grey
    he had to strain, and in order to remember black he would have had to
    relax, and he could not do both at the same time. He was told that the
    letters were perfectly black, and when he looked away from them he was
    able to remember them black. When he looked back he still remembered
    them black, and was able to read them with normal vision at twelve
    inches. This took five minutes, making the whole time in the office
    fifteen minutes. The cure was permanent, the patient not only
    retaining what he had gained, but continuing to improve his sight, by
    daily reading of fine print and the Snellen test card, till it became
    almost telescopic.

    Zetsu, Apr 13, 2009
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    Neil Brooks Guest

    Still can't muster an original thought, huh?

    Neil Brooks, Apr 13, 2009
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    raiskhn2 Guest

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    Neil Brooks Guest

    Nothing of value or interest contained within....
    Neil Brooks, Apr 14, 2009
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    Dan Abel Guest

    For some unknown reason, I decided to read what was quoted. I got to
    thinking about it, again for unknown reasons.

    Wouldn't it be true, that if you held your hands over your eyes for some
    time and blocked all light, that your pupils would constrict, and thus
    increase your depth of field? And once you took your hands away, and
    immediately looked at a distant chart, with your 20/200 uncorrected
    myopia, that you might be able to see letters clearly enough to identify

    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA

    "[Don't] assume that someone is "broken" just because they behave in ways
    you don't like or don't understand." --Miche
    Dan Abel, Apr 14, 2009
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    Dan Abel Guest

    [delete OOPS!]
    Well, at least I was thinking. Backwards. That was embarrassing. Do I
    get a prize, though? "Stupidest post of the week"?
    I've got it! The solution to the problem!

    [I'll just killfile everything with "Bates" in it.]

    Dan Abel
    Petaluma, California USA

    "[Don't] assume that someone is "broken" just because they behave in ways
    you don't like or don't understand." --Miche
    Dan Abel, Apr 14, 2009
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