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The Original Bates Method, for correcting vision defects

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series of twenty-two cases of apparent accommodation in eyes from which the lens'had been removed for cata ract. The subjects ranged in age from eleven to seventy-four years, and the younger ones had more accommoda tive power than the elder. A year later Woinow of Moscow1 reported eleven cases, the subjects being from twelve to sixty years of age. In 1869 and 1870, respec tively, Loring reported2 to the New York Ophthalmo-logical Society and the American Ophthalmological So ciety the case of a young woman of eighteen who, without any change in her glasses, read the twenty line on the Snellen test card at twenty feet and also read diamond type at from five inches to twenty. On October 8, 1894, a patient of Dr. A. E. Davis who appeared to accommo date perfectly without a lens consented to go before the New York Ophthalmological Society. "The members," Dr. Davis reports,3 "were divided in their opinion as to how the patient was able to accommodate for the near-point with his distance glasses on"; but the fact that he could see at this point without any change in his glasses was not to be disputed.
The patient was a chef, forty-two years old, and on January 27, 1894, Dr. Davis had removed a black cataract from his right eye, supplying him at the same time with the usual outfit of glasses, one to replace the lens, for distant vision, and a stronger one for reading. In Octo ber he returned, not because his eye was not doing well, but because he was afraid he might be "straining" it. He had discarded his reading glasses after a few weeks, and had since been using only his distance glasses. Dr.
1 Archiv. f. Ophth., 1873, vol. xix, part 3, p. 107.
'Flint: Physiology of Man, 1875, vol. v, pp. 110-111.
8 Davis: Accommodation in the Lensless Eye, Reports of the Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital, Jan., 1895. The article gives a review of the whole subject.