Saturday, March 07, 2009

William Horatio Bates - Bane of the Vision Dependency Industry. Got Glasses? Why?


My eyes are dim, I cannot see.
Why did you sell those specs to me?
Why did HEY
Sell those specs to me?

Tired of looking for your glasses? Stepped on them once too often?

Contacts gritty? William Horatio Bates 1860-1931. has had a solution for many of us with fuzzy eyes since 1920. Medical doctor; ophthalmologist. Vision weakness cure through exercise, not "accommodation" with glasses. We tried doing without eyeglasses for a week, and are doing the exercises - roughly - see The Fodder Site, No-Glasses Week.

William Horation Bates is unsung ophthalmologist, but this one with a cure requiring no medication, no prescription. Yes, folks, a cure, for many whose eyes are just weak or eye muscles just diminishing, as any other muscles might, not diseased. Many of us would qualify. No intrusion, no side effects.

This doctor wrote a book in 1920. We have a copy from the 1930's. Read the book itself at "Perfect Sight Without Glasses," or full title, "The Cure of Imperfect Sight Without Glasses," at ://

See Biography of William H. Bates at :// Impressive, and mainstream.

But his findings never took hold, obviously, given the overrun of the spectatular spectacles on all of us.

Hhe determined that
  • the "normal fixation" of the eye is central to good vision,
  • but that the fixation is not stationery. It moves all the time.
  • There is a point of "apperception" and as you go out from that, things get inreasingly less focused.
Try it yourself. Look at something. The stuff around it gets progressively fuzzier the farther you get from the vision poin.

He developed a method of teaching people how to do two things at once: in order to keep vision focusing optimal no staring, no gazing, just keep with this program. Relax, and focus; relax and focus; relax and focus; No long periods of the eye just dozing off.

Sounds simple, and even the exercises are simple.

We like real books better than an online version so far - gives you time to look away, think, relax, focus; change; relax, focus, as the brain does its thing, With a computer text, you feel obligated gto stay fixed. The point is, change the focal point, go from near to far all the time, all the time, all the time. Exercise, in other words.

A. Is Bates Worth Revisiting? We think so.

1. Testimonial second-hand.

We had a landlord from a million years ago in an old house in West Philadelphia. He said once, as we sat in the back yard by the fire escape that led to our alloted slot on the second floor, that he wanted to go into the Navy in WWII but was rejected beause of his eyes. So he picked up his Bates, did it all, and was admitted later on with no problem. And has been fine ever since. Veddy interesting. He gave me his copy, I did it for a while, then let it go.

2. Possible testimonial pending first-hand.
  • So: Today I started my No Glasses Week. The only differences from this newly non=bespectacled state I notice so far is that ) it slows me down.; and 2) on a computer, I can't tell a period from a comma. Proofreading is shot.
Reading the paper is like being a child - I finger point, and hover over blurry words. Reading a book - I am into "Black Tower" by Louis Bayard, needed a dictionary for "lambent" and "faubourg" - the dictionary defeated me. That tiny printin the Webster New World took a long time, Np squinting - I don't do that. But I do bring eyelid down in a sultry way and things do get clearer. I plan to rely on no recipes this week.
    • Will I last? Now, I am luckier than most. No prescriptions for glasses ever filled (got one once, went to the drugstore instead), no eye disease, now just the leisurely decline and increasingly strong drugstore glasses. Excellent far vision, reading, Ennnnh. Don't even try without glasses. Why? I do crunches, slog down to lift weights irregularly, climb on the elliptical and take hikes when the snow melts. Why do I not do eye exercises, and what would I do anyway? Bates!
    • What if everybody dumped their glasses eventually? What if there is a CURE for many of us. The Vision Industry! What would they do!
    I do have motivation. I have headaches, the glasses I have are all different strengths by now, all bent out of shape. I will go check that nothing else is going on - look up any medication on the internat and everybody has headaches, and that means more medicatio if you succomb, but do we have to put up with that? So I am trying no glasses first.

    Like Big Pharma, what would all those people do if there actually were allowed a cure for what they deal with. If there is a cure, they lose their reason for being. If there is a cure that costs nothing, or can be grown in your back yard (sassafras), they lose their PROFITS! Shriek!

    II. The Vision Dependency Industry and Optimal Optimistic Optical Options
    The Vision Care Industry. Remember, this exercise approach does not fit with glaucoma or other eye diseases. But since when is a normal laxity increase or variation in muscles strength have to be seen as disease, to he Fixed by Outside.

    Glasses shoudl be last resort, temporary, especially for children who do have to see the blackboard, and combined with Eyeball Exercise Therapy. Every child, every adult. The jobs lost to the glasses people get gained by the therapists; and the do-it-yourselfers in times of recession-depression do it themselves.. They can always go back to the crutches.

    Protagonists. If there really is a cure for many of us: The first one would lose, the second and third ones would win.

    1. The vision dependency industry.

    Vision care. Sounds so benign. Like American pie. Caring for you. What is it really doing most of the time? Look around you, if you can find your glasses. Fostering progressive dependency. Get people hooked, the industry makes fortunes. Selling costly and intrusive treatments - and in the absence of disease. Many weak eyes are a muscle matter - not disease.

    We are told that muscles can be strengthened, should be strengthened over a lifetime. But eye muscles, that control focus and etc? Those we dare not strengthen because then we would not need glasses and that is counter to the vision industry ideal. Vision care industry. See // Started out helping the diseased; now making people equivalent to diseased. Like Pharma? The product has so many side effects that they are in business forever. No cure, mind you. If we cured, we would lose our customer base.

    Watch the fight, the PR campaign against people engaging in simple exercises. We are not saying to skip the checkups - just try some self-help. Are eye affected by muscles? Then work on the muscles.

    So: Here is the idea.

    At the first sign of blur, provided there has been an examination so that we know there is not disease here: go ahead and weaken the poor soul's eyeballs some more.

    This is like taking an injured leg fully capable of recovery with sensible therapy, but instead keeping the person on crutches all his life. Just remeasure as he gets older. So we add glasses, drops, contacts, bifocals, monocles. We strengthen lazy eyes - know how to do it - why not strengthen ordinary eyes. All the time. Teach the exercises. Can't do harm. We need therapy here, information on what to do to help ourselves, not glasses all the time.

    The vision care industry. Watch them widen their eyes in horror if the eye exercise tenets of William Horatio Bates are allowed out from under, and take hold. William Horation Bates proposes that people strengthen eye muscles, rather than promote their weakening by progressive accommodations to weakness.

    2. HealthTrax Registered Trademark!

    Good place for exercise, 'though pricey; so they reasonably are always looking for new fitness enticements. Add an EyeTrax room to the cycles and treadmills and ellipticals. Solved. Whole Person Fitness.

    People come in, blink about in groups or individually (personal trainers), close off one eye as directed, for the time prescribed, move in long swing rotations of the body while focusing eyes, close them, let them open peacefully and see, Let the eye see, take time for adjustments, let them quietly focus, must send chills of fear through the vision indiustry

    From the Quarter Master's Store, see ://, we can finally say, some of us,

    3. Therapists.

    Get in line to learn this new specialty. We seem to need motivation to look after ourselves, and here is a new avenue.

    C. Motivation. Self Reliance. Independence. The American Way.

    Just in case we have to be self-reliant, if suddenly we have no glasses stores, no money to buy new glasses when we step on them, the contacts dissolve in tainted solutions, you will be prepared. Be prepared. Get independent.

    Next step: Independence from chemicals, to a degree. Good soil, not additives at the last minute. No chemicals raising our plants if we can. Why can't we? Put the vitamins and minerals in the food, not add them - that doesn't get absorbed anyway - in pills later.


    Lab news. New Iberia. See New Iberia lab abuse at ://

    We are sick. We are worse than animals. We don't cure, we just want ot make money, at whatever expense to any other sentient being. Is that so? Would that be supported by an outside observer?

    Absolutely humane meat processing or none at all, get chlorine out - could we do that? A friend of ours is in her own house, with all of us looking in and children moving in for the winters, at age 101 and she has always been on her own well water. Age in Place. The ultimate blessing, if you can do it with safety and health. And vision. She seldom wears glasses. Sigh....

    Abuse of consumer, abuse of subjects. Now, I know we have that Bates book here somethwere. Where are those glasses?

    My eyes were dim, I could not see.
    Dependency is bad for me.
    So Bates HEY
    Try HO
    Exercise for me.

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