THE CURE OF IMPERFECT SIGHT BY TREATMENT WITHOUT GLASSES
CHAPTER I INTRODUCTORY
M OST writers on ophthalmology appear to be lieve that the last word about problems of refraction has been spoken, and from their viewpoint the last word is a very depressing one. Prac tically everyone in these days suffers from some form of refractive error. Yet we are told that for these ills, which are not only so inconvenient, but often so distress ing and dangerous, there is not only no cure, and no palliative save those optic crutches known as eyeglasses, but, under modern conditions of life, practically no prevention.
It is a well-known fact that the human body is not a perfect mechanism. Nature, in the evolution of the human tenement, has been guilty of some maladjust ments. She has left, for instance, some troublesome bits of scaffolding, like the vermiform appendix, behind. But nowhere is she supposed to have blundered so badly as in the construction of the eye. With one accord ophthal mologists tell us that the visual organ of man was never intended for the uses to which it is now put. Eons be fore there were any schools or printing presses, electric lights or moving pictures, its evolution was complete. In those days it served the needs of the human animal perfectly. Man was a hunter, a herdsman, a farmer, a fighter. He needed, we are told, mainly distant vision;