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

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102 Cause and Cure of Errors of Refraction
they are open they do not see, it is because they are under such a strain and have such a great error of refrac tion that they cannot see. Near vision, although accom plished by a muscular act, is no more a strain on them than is distant vision, although accomplished without the intervention of the muscles. The use of the muscles does not necessarily produce fatigue. Some men can run for hours without becoming tired. Many birds sup port themselves upon one foot during sleep, the toes tightly clasping the swaying bough and the muscles re maining unfatigued by the apparent strain. Fabre tells of an insect which hung back downward for ten months from the roof of its wire cage, and in that position per formed all the functions of life, even to mating and lay ing its eggs. Those who fear the effect of civilization, with its numerous demands for near vision, upon the eye may take courage from the example of this marvel ous little animal which, in a state of nature, hangs by its feet only at intervals, but in captivity can do it for ten months on end, the whole of its life's span, appar ently without inconvenience or fatigue.1
The fact is that when the mind is at rest nothing can tire the eyes, and when the mind is under a strain noth ing can rest them. Anything that rests the mind will benefit the eyes. Almost everyone has observed that the eyes tire less quickly when reading an interesting book than when perusing something tiresome or difficult to comprehend. A schoolboy can sit up all night reading a novel without even thinking of his eyes, but if he tried to sit up all night studying his lessons he would soon find them getting very tired. A child whose vision was
1 The Wonders of Instinct, English translation by de Mattos and Miall, 1918, pp. 36-38.