Experiences with Central Fixation

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    By M. H. Stuart, M.D.

    Moultrie, Ga.

    We are greatly indebted to Dr. Stuart for sending us this remarkable
    story of his own cure and that of his patients, all of which was
    accomplished without personal assistance by means of the information
    presented in this magazine.

    Some sixteen years ago, when working as a stenographer, I developed
    indigestion and became extremely nervous, one of my symptoms being a
    tension in the spinal cord between the shoulder blades which was
    extremely uncomfortable. In the late afternoon and evening I would
    become so nervous that I could scarcely sit still, and I have walked
    five miles into the country and back again to get relief. I tried
    dieting for the indigestion, but after two months failed to get any
    relief. A medical student then suggested that the trouble might be due
    to my eyes. I went to an oculist, who fitted me with glasses, and all
    my troubles ceased.

    The glasses given to me were convex 0.25, axis 90. A few years later,
    when I was in New York doing post-graduate work at the Polyclinic,
    they were changed to concave 0.25, axis 180, my refraction having
    changed from hypermetropia to myopia. In succeeding years the myopic
    astigmatism increased to concave 0.75, axis 180, and finally, after I
    had worn glasses for some fourteen years, to concave 1.00, axis 180.
    The last correction I had worn for about two years when I discarded
    glasses for good.

    Slight as my error of refraction was, I was not able to leave off my
    glasses for more than an hour or two without suffering from
    nervousness and the feeling of tenseness in the spinal cord alluded to
    above. At other times I was perfectly comfortable except for the last
    year or two, during which I had so much to do that I suffered at times
    from the old nervous trouble. I had no pain in my head or eyes, but
    the trouble in my back was so bad last fall that I had to have the
    services of a masseur in order to do my work.

    Five years ago I first read about Dr. Bates' experiments upon the eye
    muscles of animals. While interested I was not prepared to abandon the
    accepted teachings on the subject, and I waited to hear more. Recently
    I read, in the May (1920) number of 'Better Eyesight', Dr. Arnau's
    story of how his headaches were cured, and I was so impressed by it
    that I determined to try the relaxation method upon myself. I palmed
    for five minutes and then read the card three times with each eye as
    far as I could without effort. I did this six times a day for five
    days, and at the end of this time I had gained a very decided degree
    of relaxation. I had, of course, discarded glasses, and although this
    caused me a little discomfort at first, I was able, about a week
    later, to perform, without them, three tonsilectomies and one
    operation for cataract, and to remove two blind eyes. At the same time
    I went through my daily routine of treating ten to thirty patients,
    examining eyes, ears, noses and thorats, much of which work requires
    extra good vision. At noon I lay down to rest as usual and read the
    Atlanta paper. At night I read the Moultrie daily paper and anything
    else that I wanted to.

    After the first five days of systematic relaxation I have never done
    anything in a routine way for myself, but if I feel nervous, or my
    eyes feel drawn, I swing twenty times and palm. In this way I am
    always able to get relief. Another method of gaining relaxation that I
    have resorted to is to look at an imaginary period in any dark,
    distant object. In this pinewoods district there are thousands of
    stumps, many of which have been burned and blackened. The third day
    after I discarded my glasses I had to drive about twenty-eight miles,
    and whenever my eyes felt drawn I would look in an easy relaxed way at
    a small point on one of these stumps and always got relaxation.

    Nearly every afternoon at half past four I go out for a game of golf,
    and often I palm before going, as I find it gives me better control of
    my nervous system, and enables me to play a more consistent game.

    I was so pleased with the results of the new treatment in my own case
    that I have since taught central fixation to about forty of my
    patients, and in only about two did I fail to improve the vision at
    the first sitting.

    The following are some of my more notable cases.

    Mr. S, an automobile mechanic, had been mentally deranged for two
    weeks, following an attack of flu, after which he gradually became
    rational, only to find that he saw double and his vision was
    imperfect, in each eye. At the first examination he read with his
    right 20/120, and with the left 20/60. I suggested that he palm at
    least six times a day for five minutes, and on the second day he was
    greatly improved, reading with the right eye 20/80, left 20/40. On the
    third day he read with the right eye 20/40, left 20/30, an increase of
    vision in the right eye of 200 per cent, and in the left of 100 per
    cent. He is now at work, and when, occasionally, he has to lay off, it
    is not on account of any trouble with his eyes, but because of
    weakness in his knees.

    A year ago Mr. B consulted me about the sight of his right eye, the
    left having been blind for years. His vision was 10/40, and could not
    be improved by any lens. I advised him to have the left eye removed,
    since it was a menace to the other eye. He would not consent to this
    and I did not see him again until May 5, of this year, when he came to
    my office practically blind in his right eye from sympathetic
    opthalmia. At one foot he could only count fingers. I advised the
    immediate removal of the blind eye and of a few teeth that had pus
    about them; but I could not promise that his vision would be saved.
    That afternoon I removed the eye, and the following day I was
    gratified to find that he could count fingers at three feet. I sent
    him home with some large letters to use for the practice of central
    fixation, and by the fifteenth he was able to count fingers at five
    feet. I then told him how to practice the universal swing, and on the
    twenty-second he could count fingers at seven feet. On the twenty-
    ninth he could read the small type on the 20 line of the test card at
    four inches, whereas he had been entirely unable to see them
    previously. He states that he can now see the small chickens running
    about near his feet, and can see small cotton plants seven feet away.
    I am confident that in a year, or some such matter, he will have
    sufficient vision to attend to the necessary work of his farm.

    I have treated three cases of squint, all of them with success. One of
    them, Delia S, aged twelve, came to me on May 15, with her right eye
    turned in to such a degree that the cornea was partly hidden. The
    sight of this eye was so imperfect that at three feet she could only
    count fingers. WIth her left eye she could read 20/30. She was told to
    palm, and when she returned on May 24 she was able, with the squinting
    eye, to count fingers at six feet, twice as far as at her first visit,
    and the eye was straighter. On June 5 she came again, and counted
    fingers at eight feet, an increase of vision since the beginning of
    700 per cent. On July 3, while I was writing this report, she came in,
    and I found that her right eye had improved to 20/60, one third of
    normal, while her left had become entirely normal, 20/20. Her right
    eye was entirely straight at times, and I feel sure that in a few
    months this condition will have become permanent.

    Another case of squint was that of a young girl of fourteen with
    rather large, pretty blue eyes, one of which, the right, was slightly
    crossed inwardly. Her sight was very imperfect—half normal in the
    right eye and one-third normal in the left—while, like most cross-eyed
    people, she was troubled with double vision. I asked her to palm at
    least six times a day, and she came back with her eyes straighter and
    able to read 20/30 with both. The next week showed normal vision, the
    eyes being at times perfectly straight.

    I was particularly pleased to be able to relieve these little girls of
    a disfigurement which means so much more to them than it would mean to
    a boy, and I was much interested to note how much prettier their eyes
    were, apart from the disappearance of the squint, after a few
    treatments. They were wide open, softer-looking, in short, relaxed.


    Imperfect Sight Can be Cured Without Glasses
    You Can Cure Yourself
    You Can Cure Others

    Better Eyesight
    A monthly magazine devoted to the prevention and cure of imperfect
    sight without glasses
    Copyright, 1920, by the Central Fixation Publishing Company
    Editor—W. H. Bates, M.D.
    Publisher—Central Fixation Publishing Co.
    $2.00 per year, 20 cents per copy
    342 West 42nd Street, New York, N. Y.
    Vol. III - September, 1920 - No. 3

    Lelouch, Aug 14, 2009
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