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    [...Home Treatment

    It is not always possible for patients to go to a competent physician
    for relief. As the method of treating eye defects presented in this
    magazine is new, it may be impossible to find a physician in the
    neighborhood who understands it; and the patient may not be able to
    afford the expense of a long journey, or to take the time for
    treatment away from home. To such persons I wish to say that it is
    possible for a large number of people to be cured of defective
    eyesight without the aid either of a physician or of anyone else. They
    can cure themselves, and for this purpose it is not necessary that
    they should understand all that has been written in this magazine, or
    anywhere else. All that is necessary is to follow a few simple

    Place a Snellen test card on the wall at a distance of ten, fourteen,
    or twenty feet, and devote half a minute a day, or longer, to reading
    the smallest letters you can see, with each eye separately, covering
    the other with the palm of the hand in such a way as to avoid touching
    the eyeball.

    Keep a record of the progress made, with the dates. The simplest way
    to do this is by the method used by oculists, who record the vision in
    the form of a fraction, with the distance at which the letter is read
    as the numerator and the distance at which it ought to be read as the
    denominator. As already explained, the figures above the lines of
    letters on the test card indicate the distance at which these letters
    should be read by persons with normal eyesight. Thus a vision of
    10/200 would mean that the big C, which ought to be read at 200 feet,
    cannot be seen at a greater distance than ten feet. A vision of 20/10
    would mean that the ten line, which the normal eye is not ordinarily
    expected to read at a greater distance than ten feet, is seen at
    double that distance. This is a standard commonly attained by.persons
    who have practiced my methods.

    Children under twelve years who have not worn glasses are usually
    cured of defective eyesight by the above method in three months, six
    months, or a year. Adults who have never worn glasses are benefited in
    a very short time - a week or two - and if the trouble is not very
    bad, may be cured in the course of from three to six months. Children
    or adults who have worn glasses, however, are more difficult to
    relieve, and will usually have to practice the various methods of
    gaining relaxation which have been presented from month to month in
    this magazine and will be described in more detail in my forthcoming
    book, The Cure of Imperfect Sight by Treatment without Glasses.

    It is absolutely necessary that the glasses be discarded. No half-way
    measures can be tolerated, if a cure is desired. Do not attempt to
    wear weaker glasses, and do not wear glasses for emergencies. Persons
    who are unable to do without glasses are not likely to be able to cure

    Children and adults who have worn glasses will have to devote an hour
    or longer every day to practice with the test card and the balance of
    their time to practice on other objects. It will be well for such
    patients to have two test cards, one to be used at the near-point,
    where it can be seen best, and the other at ten or twenty feet. The
    patient will find it a great help to shift from the near card to the
    distant one, as the unconscious memory of the letters seen at the near-
    point helps to bring out those seen at the distance.

    If the patient can secure the aid of some person with normal sight, it
    will be a great advantage. In fact, persons whose cases are obstinate
    will find it very difficult, if not impossible, to cure themselves
    without the aid of a teacher. The teacher, if he is to benefit the
    patient, must himself be able to derive benefit from the various
    methods recommended. If his vision is 10/10, he must be able to
    improve it to 20/10, or more. If he can read fine print at twelve
    inches, he must become able to read it at six, or at three inches. He
    must also have sufficient control over his visual memory to relieve
    and prevent pain.

    Parents who wish to preserve and improve the eyesight of their
    children should encourage them to read the Snellen test card every
    day. There should, in fact, be a Snellen test card in every family;
    for when properly used it always prevents myopia and other errors of
    refraction, always improves the vision, even when this is already
    normal, and always benefits functional nervous troubles. Parents
    should improve their own eyesight to normal, so that their children
    may not imitate wrong methods of using the eyes and will not be
    subject to the influence of an atmosphere of strain...]

    - Dr. W. H. Bates, December 1919
    Zetsu, Apr 19, 2008
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    Jan Guest

    Zetsu schreef:
    Zetsu schreef:

    By keeping your eyes open and your mouth shut when reading the messages
    in this newsgroup.

    Jan (normally Dutch spoken)
    Jan, Apr 19, 2008
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