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The Cure of Imperfect Sight
by Treatment Without
W. H. BATES, M.D.
CENTRAL FIXATION PUBLISHING CO.
NEW YORK CITY
By W. H. BATES, M.D.
PRESS OF THOS. B. BROOKS, INC.
THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE
Do you read imperfectly? Can you observe then that when you look at the first
word, or the first letter, of a sentence you do not see best where you are looking;
that you see other words, or other letters, just as well as or better than the one
you are looking at? Do you observe also that the harder you try to see the worse
Now close your eyes and rest them, remembering some color, like black or
white, that you can remember perfectly. Keep them closed until they feel rested,
or until the feeling of strain has been completely relieved. Now open them and
look at the first word or letter of a sentence for a fraction of a second. If you have
been able to relax, partially or completely, you will have a flash of improved or
clear vision, and the area seen best will be smaller.
After opening the eyes for this fraction of a second, close them again quickly,
still remembering the color, and keep them closed until they again feel rested.
Then again open them for a fraction of a second. Continue this alternate resting
of the eyes and flashing of the letters for a time, and you may soon find that you
can keep your eyes open longer than a fraction of a second without losing the
If your trouble is with distant instead of near vision, use the same method with
In this way you can demonstrate for yourself the fundamental principle of the
cure of imperfect sight by treatment without glasses.
If you fail, ask someone with perfect sight