by Emily C. Lierman. Stories From the Clinic was first published in 1926.
W. H. Bates, M. D.
- Glasses discarded permanently.
- Central fixation is seeing best where you are looking.
- Favorable conditions: Light may be bright or dim. The distance of the print from the eyes, where seen best, also varies with people.
- Shifting: With normal sight the eyes are moving all the time.
- Swinging: When the eyes move slowly or rapidly from side to side, stationary objects appear to move in the opposite direction.
- Long swing: Stand with the feet about one foot apart, turn the body to the right—at the same time lifting the left foot. Do not move the head or eyes or pay any attention to the apparent movement of stationary objects. Now place the left heel on the floor, turn the body to the left, raising the heel of the right foot. Alternate.
- Drifting swing: When using this method, one pays no attention to the clearness of stationary objects, which appear to be moving. The eyes move from point to point slowly, easily, or lazily, so that the stare or strain may be avoided.
- Variable swing: Hold the forefinger of one hand six inches from the right eye and about the same distance to the right, look straight ahead and move the head a short distance from side to side. The finger appears to move.
- Stationary objects moving: By moving the head and eyes a short distance from side to side, being sure to blink, one can imagine stationary objects to be moving.
- Memory: Improving the memory of letters and other objects improves the vision for everything.
- Imagination: We see only what we think we see, or what we imagine. We can only imagine what we remember.
- Rest: All cases of imperfect sight are improved by closing the eyes and resting them.
- Palming: The closed eyes may be covered by the palm of one or both hands. 14. Blinking: The normal eye blinks, or closes or opens very frequently.
- Mental pictures: As long as one is awake one has all kinds of memories of mental pictures. If these pictures are remembered easily, perfectly, the vision is benefited.