How I Improved My Eyesight

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    Lelouch Guest


    By Pamela Speyer

    This patient was wearing when first seen the following glasses: each
    eye, concave 5.00 D.S. combined with concave 1.00 D.C. A number of
    competent men had said that her myopia was progressive, and that her
    vision was certain to become very imperfect even with glasses. They
    all insisted that she must wear glasses constantly. Yet after she had
    discarded them her vision improved in two days from 6/200 to 20/100.

    I have always been near-sighted. When I was six years old, my father
    took me to a famous oculist in London, and he prescribed and fitted me
    with my first glasses. With these lenses I was able to distinguish
    things at a distance which before I had not been able to see. I found
    that I could read or see objects at close range just as well without
    the glasses. The only difference that they made to my sight in this
    case was that print appeared smaller and less black.

    Every year stronger lenses were given to me, and I visited several
    oculists in England and America, in the hope of improvement. When I
    was fifteen an oculist told me that my eyesight, instead of improving
    each year as I had hoped, would gradually become worse. By this time I
    was wearing glasses all the time.

    Then, quite by chance, my father heard of Dr. Bates through a friend
    whose eyesight had been cured by him. I was taken there at once. The
    first thing Dr. Bates did was to take away my glasses. I sat down in a
    chair, opposite which was a Snellen test card, fifteen feet away. I
    could not see the largest letter, a "C" about four inches by three,
    which people with normal vision are supposed to read at two hundred
    feet. He brought the card five feet nearer and then I read the "C." It
    appeared very blurred and indistinct. The smaller letters were so
    blurred that I could not see them at all.

    The most helpful thing I learned was how to "palm." This I did by
    closing my eyes and then covering them with the palms of my hands, so
    that I saw black and remembered it perfectly. This perfect black
    rested my eyes a great deal. After doing this for some ten or fifteen
    minutes, I looked at the card and found that I could read the two
    letters on the next line.

    After I had learned to "palm," I learned to "swing." The reason I
    strained my eyes so when looking at the card was that I stared at one
    place. So by imagining the letter was swinging like a pendulum, I
    moved my eyes instead of staring as I had done before. At first the
    swing was a long one, but after practicing for some weeks, I began
    getting it shorter until it was only half an inch on each side of the
    letter. The short swing was more difficult to do than the long one,
    but it helped more in the end.

    Then I learned to "flash." I looked at a small letter at fifteen feet
    distance and could not read it. The longer I looked the worse it grew.
    So by closing my eyes, remembering the swing for a few seconds, I just
    glanced at the letter and closing my eyes at once, I saw the letter in
    a flash.

    All these things must be practised every day, and even now I have to
    "palm" every morning and night. Palming, swinging and flashing were
    the three fundamentals. As soon as they were mastered only practice
    remained. I have now been going to Dr. Bates for over a year, and my
    eyesight is almost cured. I often have flashes of perfect sight. Dr.
    Bates has certainly helped me in a remarkable degree, more indeed than
    I ever thought possible when I first went to him wearing strong


    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 15, 2009
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    douglas Guest

    OMG! If you people don't want to wear minus lenses, just get a bloody
    eye transplant!

    As for me, I will be taking the advice of my ophthalmologist (http://, his colleague (, and my optometrist (, and get a
    -11.25 -2.50x178 contact+eyeglass system to correct my right eye.
    Three eyecare professionals can't all be wrong.

    Minus lenses are for myopia, plus lenses are for hyperopia! GET THAT

    Please explain why you and Otis believe plus lenses prevent myopia,
    despite all peer-reviewed research to the contrary. Myopia is not
    genetic, it just happens. And you're going to make it worse w/ plus

    My former ophthalmologist tried to patch my good eye to save my right
    eye from amblyopia when I was two...blinding a two year old is NOT
    sound medical practice! It didn't work, I threw my glasses in the
    gutter; she yelled at my Mom when she found out I wasn't wearing the
    patch. My ophthalmologist's colleague said that patching that eye was
    "arcane", wouldn't have worked anyway due to the huge difference in
    power between my eyes, and that ophthalmologist was an "insensitive
    moron". Read his full analysis on my situation here:
    douglas, Aug 16, 2009
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