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Better Eyesight Magazine - Subjects, Articles, Practices
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(12-10-2013, 02:28 PM)ted Wrote: February, 1921 Better Eyesight Magazine

THE PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF PAIN BY THE MIND

Anyone who has normal vision can demonstrate in a few moments that when the memory is perfect no pain is felt, and can produce pain by an attempt to keep the attention fixed on a point. To do this proceed as follows:

+ Look at a black letter, close the eyes and remember it.
+ Look at the letter again and again close the eyes and remember it.
+ Repeat until the memory is equal to the sight.
+ Now press the nail of one finger against the tip of another. If the letter is remembered perfectly, no pain will be felt.
+With practice it may become possible to remember the letter with the eyes open. - See more at: http://www.iblindness.org/#sthash.ekDGyBh7.dpuf

This was recently posted in the chat. There are a lot of loaded meanings in those few words. I'm starting to see that this was how Bates went about it. For the longest time while starting the Bates Method I honestly didn't believe what he said. I want to take a look at a couple things here that seem unbelievable, unless you look at them a certain way. Also, the definition of words likely has changed since Bates' time so something like "pain" might be slightly misinterpreted these days.

"Anyone who has normal vision can demonstrate in a few moments that when the memory is perfect no pain is felt, and can produce pain by an attempt to keep the attention fixed on a point."

I think by pain, he just means a very subtle feeling. At least, it's subtle to those that can even sense it (people with normal vision). It may not even be noticeable to someone with poor vision, which is probably why he explicitly states that this can be felt by people with normal vision.

"+ Now press the nail of one finger against the tip of another. If the letter is remembered perfectly, no pain will be felt."

He doesn't mean no sensation will be felt, just that there won't be that added....."umph" in it. And I think it's that little bit of extra, unnecessary effort, if continued multiple times a minute all day long that would lead to excess stress and bad vision.

What do you all think?

Ted,

Bates states in a couple places, don't remember exactly where, that those who strain the most often feel the least - because they have conditioned themselves to it. That is the general condition of the myope - they suppress over long periods of time the uncomfortableness of it all, even the pain, if slight pain is a part of it. Numbness, lack of sensation, is the norm, where someone with normal sight would instantly sense something is wrong and do something to correct it, or avoid whatever it is. He had people with normal sight do very similar tests, and documents that they essentially say 'I don't want to do that, it hurts, or pains my eyes.' Not so subtle, sometimes. I don't know if you ever regain all that sensitivity back, but sometimes it sure seems like you gain a significant amount of it. Pain is good, it's the body's way of letting us know we need to change something, usually something not beneficial to our sight.

[eccentric fixation]
"The discomfort and pain may be absent, however, in the chronic condition, and it is an encouraging symptom when the patient begins to experience them." (Chapt. XI, PSWG)
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RE: Better Eyesight Magazine - Subjects, Articles, Practices - by arocarty - 12-10-2013, 08:56 PM