The Cure of Imperfect Sight in School Children

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    While reading the Snellen test card every day will, in time, cure
    imperfect sight in all children under twelve who have never worn
    glasses, the following simple practices will insure more rapid

    1. Let the children rest their eyes by closing for a few minutes or
    longer, and then look at the test card for a few moments only, then
    rest again, and so on alternately. This cures many children very

    2. Let them close and cover their eyes with the palms of their hands
    in such a way as to exclude all light while avoiding pressure on the
    eyeballs (palming), and proceed as above. This is usually more
    effective than mere closing.

    3. Let them demonstrate that all effort lowers the vision by looking
    fixedly at a letter on the test card, or at the near-point, and noting
    that it blurs or disappears in less than a minute. They thus become
    able, in some way, to avoid unconscious effort.

    The method succeeds best when the teachers do not wear glasses.

    Supervision is absolutely necessary. At least once a year some person
    whose sight is normal without glasses and who understands the method
    should visit the classrooms for the purpose of answering questions,
    testing the sight of the children, and making a report to the proper

    The Snellen test card is a chart showing letters of graduated sizes,
    with numbers indicating the distance in feet at which each line should
    be read by the normal eye. Originally designed by Snellen for the
    purpose of testing the eye, it is admirably adapted for use in eye


    School Number
    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 - August, 1920 - No. 2

    Lelouch, Aug 8, 2009
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