The Answers of some Questions

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Zetsu, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. Zetsu

    Zetsu Guest

    Who or what is 'Bates'? Who am I, why do people keep calling me
    'Rishi', and why do I come here? What is the cure of imperfect sight?
    What is imperfect sight? What are the 'rest methods'? What is 'strain
    of the mind'? What exactly do I mean by all these words? These are a
    few questions that I am asked very frequently by some of the other
    confused posters on this forum. and I will now attempt to answer them,
    to the best of my ability. However, there may be flaws in my
    explanations. For this reason you must read the original words from
    Bates, for the finest explanation of all the matters.

    Once upon a time there lived a genius man, who went by the name of
    William Horatio Bates. He was an ophthalmologist, but began to devise
    his methods through his experiences with patients who were, as it
    seemed to him at the time, 'miraculously' cured of supposedly
    incurable defects, such as cataract, blindness, and presbyopia. He
    soon began to investigate the facts, and found that by various means,
    all these defects were treatable and regularly found he was able to
    permanently cure his patients by these means. He was the discoverer of
    adrenaline. He also designed a theory of accomodation which came as a
    result of his various experiments on animals. The 'Bates accomodative
    theory' and the 'rest methods' are separate entites. They should not
    be confused.

    During his life, Bates decided to write various books, articles and
    magazines on the subject of the cure of imperfect sight. was the
    brilliant pioneer of the rest methods which are used in the cure of
    imperfect sight by treatment without glasses. Bates was able to
    explain the different issues of confusion much better than I ever can.
    My descriptive ability is no where near as close to his own, which is
    near-flawless. If you wish to have the best clarity of these matters,
    then I advice all of you to read his trilogy of books: The Cure of
    Imperfect Sight by Treatment Without Glasses (you can buy it from, or read it online. Just make sure you read the original
    version and not the edited version which was called 'Better Eyesight
    Without Glasses', edited by Emily and published in 1940. This is the
    more crappy version, and cuts many important parts and chapters in the
    book.) The Better Eyesight Magazine (you can buy it from Amazon), and
    finally Stories from the Clinic (well this was written by his wife,
    Emily, but still a very important book and beautiful guidance for
    all). You can also buy these books from my friend, Rishi Giovanni
    Gatti, on his website: He will be happy to
    sell at low low prices, just for you. However I am not trying to
    promote or advertise him, because you can also read all the books
    online for completely free, on But it really is
    quite something to read the books under the great light of the sun,
    where the facts can be very happily demonstrated as you read the book.

    I am Zetsu, this is an internet name which I use but it is not my real
    ife name. I am 15 years old. I am not the other Bates proponent who
    was called Rishi Giovanni Gatti. He is a very good friend of me, and
    perhaps we sound similar in our style and usage of language. But we
    are not the same person. Rishi is a 38 year old man living in Italy.
    Check his IP address, and then check my own. You will see that they
    differ. Please do not confuse the two of us any longer, it is a

    The cure of imperfect sight is a means by which a person can, if he
    has eyesight which is not perfect, regain the perfect sight and see
    normally again, without the aid of glasses, contact lenses or

    Imperfect sight means when the sight level of the eye is no longer
    perfect. Perfect sight is not what we call 'normal sight'. They are
    different terms, and should not be confused. Likewise, the term of
    normal sight should not be confused with what we call an 'average'.
    These three terms are all different in their meaning.

    Perfect sight refers to when a person is able to see with an acuity of
    20/10, or greater, on the snellen eyechart. Normal sight is the
    ability to see 20/20 on the eyechart. Average sight means the average
    level of acuity in all the people together. But since many people do
    not have normal sight, average and normal are different terms in this
    case and should not be confused.

    When the vision is imperfect, something, a state of the mind, which we
    call 'central fixation', is no longer present, or abnormal and
    diffrerent from how it should be. Central fixation is a simple thing
    to understand: it just means seeing best at a point, and seeing worse
    progressively as the distance from the point is increased, that is to
    say the peripheral and outer vision perception. When normal central
    fixation is present the eyesight is always perfect, and the mind is at
    rest and the body feels in comfort. Central fixation can never coexist
    with imperfect sight.

    The cure of imperfect sight differs to glasses, contact lenses, or
    surgery, in that it does not simply pailliate the symptons which are
    an indicator of mind strain, but instead seeks to, at first
    temporarily alermiorate and with dilliegent practice, permanently
    eliminate, the mind strain itself. By eliminating the mind strain, the
    imperfect sight is also eliminated.

    The rest methods are a series of techniques which are designed to get
    the mind back into its normal state, that is one which is without the
    interference of strain, and as logicially follows with the prior
    assumption, the state of central fixation. They are, as the name
    implies, designed to induce rest. But this is not the physical sort of
    'rest', I mean it is not the sort of rest associated with sleeping, or
    taking or nap, or that sort of 'rest'. That sort of rest is an
    important type of rest, but not the one which will cure a person of
    imperfect sight, in the end. The aim of all rest methods is not to
    cure the imperfect sight direcly; but rather to quell the mind of its
    strain and thereby restore perfect sight.

    Strain of the mind is something a little more difficult to explain,
    but I will give my best try. I understand what it means, in my head,
    but I am not sure how to put it into words, exactly. Basically, strain
    is an interference and a disturbance in a person. It is something
    which attacks the minds which are weak. It can be induced with an
    effort, or an undue attempt to see. The most peculiar form of this
    undue effort, is what is known as the 'stare'. The stare is where the
    eye looks at an object continually, without allowing the mind its
    natural illusion, that is that the object will seem to move, or
    pulsate, in various directions. The stare is a cause of imperfect
    sight. Perfect sight cannot exist when the eye stares, or makes an
    effort in order to see an object. The eyes and the mind are able to
    best operate when they are left alone, without the interference of
    this internal strain. Strain of the mind is the cause of imperfect
    Zetsu, Sep 15, 2007
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    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    Bates' chapter on fixation is so ridiculous, I hardly know where to
    begin my criticism. I can't tell if he was mad or clever. It is also
    clear that his book was directed at the weak mind.
    Dr. Leukoma, Sep 15, 2007
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    Neil Brooks Guest

    In the case of Atchoo, it's even clearer that Bates reached his
    intended audience.
    Neil Brooks, Sep 15, 2007
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    Zetsu Guest

    Clever ;)
    Zetsu, Sep 15, 2007
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    Ms.Brainy Guest

    Isn't this the 5th or 6th time you are posting the same thing? Do you
    really think that repetition can strengthen and substantiate your
    groundless assertions? Or is it still the same fingertips diarrhea
    that you suffer from?
    Ms.Brainy, Sep 15, 2007
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    Ms.Brainy Guest

    Ms.Brainy, Sep 15, 2007
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    Zetsu Guest


    Something went wrong and the post got messed up.
    So I had to repost, then it looked nice again.
    Zetsu, Sep 15, 2007
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    Neil Brooks Guest

    Sorry. Rishi Giovanni Gatti (Zetsu) and Otis Brown are
    long-time trolls who haunt s.m.v.

    You'd do well to ignore them and wait for
    responses from the caring, compassionate eye doctors who
    DO also participate in this site.
    Neil Brooks, Sep 16, 2007
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