The Cure of Imperfect Sight by Treatment
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The Original Bates Method, for correcting vision defects

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and since the eye at rest is adjusted for distant vision, sight is supposed to have been ordinarily as passive as the perception of sound, requiring no muscular action whatever. Near vision, it is assumed, was the exception,
Fig. 1. Patagonians
The sight of this primitive pair and of the following groups of primitive people was tested at the World's Fair in St. Louis and found to be normal. The unaccustomed experience of having their pictures taken, however, has evidently so disturbed them that they were all, probably, myopic when they faced the camera, (see Chapter IX.)
necessitating a muscular adjustment of such short dura tion that it was accomplished without placing any appre ciable burden upon the mechanism of accommodation. The fact that primitive woman was a seamstress, an em broiderer, a weaver, an artist in all sorts of fine and beau tiful work, appears to have been generally forgotten. Yet