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Better Eyesight Magazine - Subjects, Articles, Practices
ted Wrote:June, 1930

By Emily A. Bates

1. If the vision of the patient is improved under the care of the doctor, and the patient neglects to practice, when he leaves the office, what he is told to do at home, the treatment has been of no benefit whatever. The improved vision was only temporary. Faithful practice permanently improves the sight to normal.

2. If the patient conscientiously practices the methods, as advised by the doctor, his vision always improves. This applies to patients with errors of refraction, as well as organic diseases.

3. For cases of squint we find that the long swing is beneficial to adults and to children.

4. When a patient suffers with cataract, palming is usually the best method of treatment, and should be practiced many times every day.

5. All patients with imperfect sight unconsciously stare, and should be reminded by those who are near to them to blink often. To stare is to strain. Strain is the cause of imperfect sight.

The following rules will be found helpful if faithfully observed:—

6. While sitting, do not look up without raising your chin. Always turn your head in the direction in which you look. Blink often.

7. Do not make an effort to see things more clearly. If you let your eyes alone, things will clear up by themselves.

8. Do not look at anything longer than a fraction of a second without shifting.

9. While reading, do not think about your eyes, but let your mind and imagination rule.

10. When you are conscious of your eyes while looking at objects at any time, it causes discomfort and lessens your vision.

11. It is very important that you learn how to imagine stationary objects to be moving, without moving your head or your body.

12. Palming is a help, and I suggest that you palm for a few minutes many times during the day, at least ten times. At night just before retiring, it is well to palm for half an hour or longer.


The one about turning your head where ever you look, I've heard before but this clarifies it somewhat. I have noticed a very, very subtle tendency to shift my eyes without moving my head, and I can tell that it is uncomfortable, even if it is "safe" (i.e. noone will notice). D'you think the head shifts even with very small shifts of the eye? My theory is yes, but that at some point the eye shifts are so tiny that the head shifts are hardly noticeable.

Good question; This is why I place some modern info. in Bates Magazines, to clarify. I think she means; seeing oppositional movement when the eyes move 'shift' even when the head, body do not move. Moving the head makes oppositional movement, 'the swing' easier to see, maybe increases its appearance. I notice the head, neck, eyes tense up, very uncomfortable when I try to keep the head, body immobile when shifting and seeing the swing.
When the eyes move, shift, stationary close objects appear to move in the opposite direction. Far distant objects appear to move with the eyes in the same direction. Practice seeing this with the eyes open and in the imagination with the eyes closed and do allow the head, body to move with the eyes; same time, direction, in sync.
Moving the head and body with the eyes when shifting is the normal function of the visual system and improves/perfects shifting, central fixation, appearance of oppositional movement, keeps the neck, head, eyes relaxed, mobile and vision clear.
When shifts are smaller and very small, tiny; the head movement is smaller and can be very small or not occur but the head, neck, eyes remain relaxed, loose and there may still be a very tiny movement almost imperceptible when shifting on small, tiny objects.

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Re: Better Eyesight Magazine - Subjects, Articles, Practices - by clarknight - 01-15-2013, 05:43 AM