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

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4                            Introductory
even the babies being sent to kindergarten. A generation or so ago books were scarce and expensive. To-day, by means of libraries of all sorts, stationary and traveling, they have been brought within the reach of practically everyone. The modern newspaper, with its endless col umns of badly printed reading matter, was made possible only by the discovery of the art of manufacturing paper from wood, which is a thing of yesterday. The tallow candle has been but lately displaced by the various forms of artificial lighting, which tempt most of us to prolong our vocations and avocations into hours when primitive man was forced to rest, and within the last couple of decades has come the moving picture to complete the supposedly destructive process.
Was it reasonable to expect that Nature should have provided for all these developments, and produced an organ that could respond to the new demands? It is the accepted belief of ophthalmology to-day that she could not and did not,1 and that, while the processes of civiliza tion depend upon the sense of sight more than upon any other, the visual organ is but imperfectly fitted for its tasks.
There are a great number of facts which seem to jus tify this conclusion. While primitive man appears to have suffered little from defects of vision, it is safe to say that
1 The unnatural strain of accommodating the eyes to close work (for which they were not intended) leads to myopia in a large proportion of growing children.-Rosenau: Preventive Medicine and Hygiene, third edition, 1917, p. 1093.
The compulsion of fate as well as an error of evolution has brought it about that the unaided eye must persistently struggle against the astonishing difficulties and errors inevitable in its structure, function and circumstance.- Gould: The Cause, Nature and Consequences of Eyestrain, Pop. Sci. Monthly, Dec, 1905.
With the invention of writing and then with the invention of the print ing-press a new element was introduced, and one evidently not provided for by the process of evolution. The human eye which had been evolved for dis tant vision is being forced to perform a new part, one for which it had not been evolved, and for which it is poorly adapted. The difficulty is being daily augmented.-Scott: The Sacrifice of the Eyes of School Children, Pop. Sci. Monthly, Oct., 1907.