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

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6                            Introductory
foreign service, at such distances from its base that there might have been difficulty in providing glasses. The standard at the beginning of the war was 6/24 (uncor rected) for the better eye and 6/60 (uncorrected) for the
Fig. 3-Moros from the Philippines
With sight ordinarily normal all were probably myopic when photographed except the one at the upper left whose eyes are shut.
poorer, which was required to be the left. Later, owing to the difficulty of securing enough men with even this moderate degree of visual acuity, recruits were accepted whose vision in the right eye could be brought up to 6/12 by correction, provided the vision of one eye was 6/24 without correction.1
1 Tr. Ophth. Soc. U. Kingdom, vol. xxxviii, 1918, pp. 130-131.