Stories From the Clinic
by Emily C. Lierman. Stories From the Clinic was first published in 1926.
Dr. W. H. Bates has made many remarkable discoveries relative to the prevention and cure of imperfect sight without the aid of glasses during his thirty-eight years of research and experimental work. Among the most important of these discoveries, and one that he has proved again and again. Is the following:
FINE PRINT IS A BENEFIT TO THE EYE—LARGE PRINT IS A MENACE.
It is impossible to read microscopic or very fine print by making an effort to see it. It can only be read when the mind and eyes are relaxed.
The above chapters are written in diamond and microscopic type. At first it may seem difficult to become accustomed to the fine print, but by looking at it without trying to read it, the print will become discernible.
Some people find it beneficial to imagine the white spaces between the lines, whiter than the margin. When one imagines the white spaces perfectly white, the print becomes very black and legible, apparently of its own volition.
Large print is detrimental to perfect sight because the eye tries to see the whole letter at once. When one is looking at an object, for instance, a chair, the object blurs if the whole is seen at once. You cannot possibly see the arms, legs, back and body at a chair all at once. You either see the back first or the seat. This is Central Fixation. Seeing best where you are looking.
We know that if these instructions are carefully followed, the above articles will prove extremely beneficial.
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