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

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134                                  Palming
eyes are opened and the longer it lasts. If you palm perfectly, you retain, when you open your eyes, all of the relaxation that you gain, and you do not lose it again. If you palm imperfectly, you retain only part of what you gain and retain it only temporarily-it may be only for a few moments. Even the smallest degree of relaxation is useful, however, for by means of it a still greater de gree may be obtained.
Patients who succeed with palming from the begin ning are to be congratulated, for they are always cured very quickly. A very remarkable case of this kind was that of a man nearly seventy years of age with com pound hypermetropic astigmatism and presbyopia, com plicated by incipient cataract. For more than forty years he had worn glasses to improve his distant vision, and for twenty years he had worn them for reading and desk work. Because of the cloudiness of the lens, he had now become unable to see well enough to do his work, even with glasses; and the other physicians whom he had con sulted had given him no hope of relief except by opera tion when the cataract was ripe. When he found palming helped him, he asked:
"Can I do that too much?"
"No," he was told. "Palming is simply a means of resting your eyes, and you cannot rest them too much."
A few days later he returned and said:
"Doctor, it was tedious, very tedious; but I did it."
"What was tedious?" I asked.
"Palming," he replied. "I did it continuously for twenty hours."
"But you couldn't have kept it up for twenty hours continuously," I said incredulously. "You must have stopped to eat."