Fine Print a Benefit to the Eye—Its Effect the Exact Contrary of What Has Been Supposed

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    Fine Print a Benefit to the Eye

    1—Normal Sight can always be demonstrated in the normal eye, but only
    under favorable conditions.
    2—Central Fixation: The letter or part of the letter regarded is
    always seen best.
    3—Shifting: The point regarded changes rapidly and continuously.
    4—Swinging: When the Shifting is slow, the letters appear to move from
    side to side, or in other directions, with a pendulum-like motion.
    5—Memory is perfect. The color and background of the letters, or other
    objects seen, are remembered perfectly, instantaneously and
    6—Imagination is good. One may even see the white part of letters
    whiter than it really is, while the black is not altered by distance,
    illumination, size, or form, of the letters.
    7—Rest or relaxation of the eye and mind is perfect and can always be
    When one of these seven fundamentals is perfect, all are perfect.

    It is impossible to read fine print without relaxing. Therefore the
    reading of such print, contrary to what is generally believed, is a
    great benefit to the eyes. Persons who can read perfectly fine print,
    like the above specimen, are relieved of pain and fatigue while they
    are doing it, and this relief is often permanent. Persons who cannot
    read it are benefited by observing its blackness, and remembering it
    with the eyes open and closed alternately. By bringing the print so
    near to the eyes that it cannot be read pain is sometimes relieved
    instantly, because when the patient realizes that there is no
    possibility of reading it the eyes do not try to do so. In myopia,
    however, it is sometimes a benefit to strain to read fine print.
    Persons who can read fine print perfectly imagine that they see
    between the lines streaks of white whiter than the margin of the page,
    and persons who cannot read it also see these streaks, but not so
    well. When the patient becomes able to increase the vividness of these
    appearances [see Halos, February number] the sight always improves.


    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. II - May, 1920 - No. 5

    Lelouch, Jul 19, 2009
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