Eyes But They See Not

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    Better Eyesight
    A Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Prevention and Cure of Imperfect
    Sight Without Glasses
    Copyright, 1921, by the Central Fixation Publishing Company
    Editor, W. H. Bates, M. D.
    Publisher, Central Fixation Publishing Company
    Vol. VII. - June, 1923 - No. 12

    Eyes But They See Not
    By Emily A. Meder

    The ostrich is known to be the swiftest of birds, and can
    outdistance the fastest horse with ease. Yet when he is attacked
    unexpectedly, or run into a cul-de-sac, he foolishly hides his head in
    the sand. He DOESN'T WISH TO SEE. Naturally his fate overtakes him,
    and he is doomed. His wonderful body, made especially for swift and
    long-distance running, his exceptional endurance, are assets which
    avail him nothing when he "sticks his head in the sand and will not
    I have come in contact with people who have many desirable assets
    but when a thing looks a little "strange" they become dogmatic and
    refuse to learn. They literally stick their tails in the air and their
    heads in the sand. The same thing happens to them that happens to the
    ostrich. Their doom overtakes him. THEY WEAR GLASSES. As evidence of
    these "mental errors of refraction" I will tell of two instances which
    I noticed particularly.
    In a popular magazine there appears an article each month by a
    very noted writer who gives Beauty Hints to women over forty years of
    age. She gives very minute directions of the care of the hair, skin,
    teeth and figure generally, and I admit I was very surprised to see an
    item about the eyes. This, unfortunately, is part of the physiognomy
    that is usually neglected by these Beauty Doctors. She explained that
    from her observations, many people received excellent relaxation by
    closing the eyes and forgetting that they possessed them, excluding
    all the light by putting the palms of the hands over the eyes very
    lightly, and thinking of black objects which tends to rest them more
    quickly. This interested me because this is part of Dr. Bates' own
    method. When I read on a little further, I was disagreeably astonished
    to read something like this—"that she had heard of a new body of
    oculists who say that they can cure eyes without glasses. This she
    says is impossible, because when a woman reaches the age of forty, she
    simply has to fortify her eyes with glasses, as this has been done for
    centuries, and it does not seem possible that man has it in his power
    to cure the defects at this age."
    This is a typical case of the ostrich again. Why doesn't this
    writer make herself more popular by believing this could be done, and
    by reading the book with an open mind. She is in a position to help
    thousands suffering with eye ills, and her scope is unlimited.
    One more case of "mental blindness."
    At a dinner given at the Hotel Astor under the auspices of the
    Society of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Bates was asked to speak, along with
    five or six other doctors, all specialists in their respective
    branches. Senator-elect Royal S. Copeland was Toastmaster, and a very
    good one he made. Everyone knows the far-reaching results of Dr.
    Copeland's administration when he was a Commissioner of Health of the
    City of New York. The many improvements he made while holding that
    position are a credit to him. But even Dr. Copeland has a vulnerable
    spot that might be pierced.
    Doctor Bates was the first to speak, and as he knew many others
    would speak after him, he limited his remarks to about ten minutes. He
    gave a brief synopsis of his method of treating imperfect sight, and
    ended by telling the audience that Germany had adopted his method, and
    was using it in all the schools. At the conclusion of his discourse
    and before the next speaker had been introduced, Senator Copeland
    thanked the Doctor for his remarks, and said that he was sorry that
    Dr. Bates did not have more time to explain his treatment, but he had
    worn glasses for so long, and besides now being a United States
    Senator, he was a hard man to convince.
    We have no wish to "convince" anybody. If they read the book and
    assimilate the facts, they will convince themselves. PEOPLE WEAR

    MS, Apr 24, 2010
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