The Mission of "Better Eyesight"—Retrospect and Forecast

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    With this number Better Eyesight enters upon its second year. It was
    started in July, 1919, for the purpose of diffusing a knowledge of the
    truth about central fixation, and it has accomplished all that was
    hoped for it. It has carried the message that errors of refraction are
    curable to thousands of people, and many of these people have been
    able to cure these conditions in themselves and others solely by means
    of the information which it has contained.

    The magazine is modest in its appearance. One can get many times the
    amount of reading matter which it contains at any newsstand for the
    same money, but the value of truth cannot be estimated by the number
    of words required to state it, and it is the object of the editor to
    give the public the truth about central fixation as briefly and simply
    as possible. The truth can usually be stated briefly and simply. It is
    error which is hard to understand and which requires a multitude of
    words for its presentation.

    The editor believes that no one who values his or her eyesight can
    afford to be without this magazine. It has a message not only for
    those whose sight is imperfect, but for those whose sight is normal.
    No one, however good his sight may ordinarily be, has perfect sight
    all the time. No one has as good sight as he might have. Therefore
    everyone can be benefited by practicing the principles presented in
    this magazine. While persons with imperfect sight may gain normal
    vision, persons with so-called normal sight can always improve it, and
    may even double the accepted standard of normality, or gain a measure
    of telescopic or microscopic vision. It is not a good thing to be
    satisfied with just normal sight. Not only is keen sight a great
    convenience, but it reflects a condition of mind which reacts
    favourably upon all the others senses, upon the general health and
    upon the mental faculties.

    Even the blind can get some help from Better Eyesight. Not all blind
    persons are curable, but the editor believes that an increasing number
    of blind persons may expect help from central fixation, for it has
    already been found possible to relieve or cure conditions such as
    cataract, glaucoma, conical cornea, retinitis pigmentosa, cyclitis,
    opacities of the cornea, and atrophy of the optic nerve.

    The magazine will continue to publish during the coming year, as it
    has in the past, the latest discoveries of the editor, the experiences
    of cured patients—which have proven to be very valuable—and practical
    instructions for the improvement of eyesight. On page 2 of each issue
    we will continue to give specific directions for self-treatment, in
    language as simple as possible, so that persons who are not physicians
    can understand it. We have had much testimony to the value of this
    page, and the editor strongly urges every subscriber, no matter what
    the condition of his or her eyesight, to demonstrate these truths as
    they appear.

    Better Eyesight stands for a revolution in the treatment of eye
    troubles, and has had to meet the difficulties that always beset the
    path of the revolutionist. For seventy-five years we have believed
    that errors of refraction—by which is meant the inability of the eye
    to focus light rays accurately upon the retina—were due to organic and
    irremediable causes. The editor of Better Eyesight has proved that
    these troubles are functional and curable, that the elongated eyeball
    of myopia (shortsight), the flattened eyeball of hypermetropia
    (farsight), and the lopsided eyeball of astigmatism, can be made to
    resume their normal shape, temporarily in a few minutes, and more
    continuously by further treatment. The world has been slow to receieve
    this message. The editor is practically alone in advocating central
    fixation. A small number of physicians,including a few eye
    specialists, who have been cured or seen members of their families
    cured of eye troubles, without glasses, operations, or medication,
    have been convinced that the old theories about the eye and the
    treatment of defects of vision are wrong; but very few have had
    courage to endorse the new treatment publicly.

    This is not to be wondered at, and is not a cause for discouragement.
    The editor now wonders at his own slowness in seeing the truth. The
    facts conquered his conservatism at last only because they were
    irresistible, and for the same reason they must ultimately conquer all
    conservatism. Physicians and others who refuse to accept them, or even
    to investigate them, will be swept aside to make room for those of
    more open mnid.

    In the meantime, Better Eyesight needs friends, it needs
    encouragement, it needs subscribers. The editor appeals to present
    subscribers to continue their support, and to advertise whenever and
    wherever they have an opportunity the good news that the eye is not a
    blunder of nature, as the textbooks teach, but an instrument as
    perfectly adapted to the needs of civilized man as to those of the
    savage. Persons who have cured themselves should utitlize every
    opportunity to improve the sight of relatives and friends. All parents
    should be told that they have it in their power to prevent and cure
    defects of vision in their children and at the same time to improve
    their health and mental efficiency. The same message should be carried
    to teachers and school boards. The blind should be told of this new
    hope for the sightless, and societies for the blind should be urged to
    investigate it. If everyone who has demonstrated the truth of central
    fixation does his or her duty in the matter, defective eyesight will
    soon cease to be, as it has so long been, the curse of civilization.

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    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 - July, 1920 - No. 1
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