A Problem Not To Be Solved By Glasses 283
After a week of argument, however, he consented to try the method and the result was extremely satisfac tory. After he had learned to see two or more lights where there was only one, by straining to see a point above the light while still trying to see the light as well as when looking directly at it, he became able to avoid the unconscious strain that had produced his double and multiple vision and was not troubled by these super fluous images any more. In a similar manner other illusions were prevented.
One of the last illusions to disappear was his belief that an effort was required to remember black. His logic on this point was overwhelming, but after many demon strations he was convinced that no effort was required to let go, and when he realized this, both his vision and his mental condition immediately improved.
He finally became able to read 20/10 or more, and although more than fifty-five years of age, he also read diamond type at from six to twenty-four inches. His night blindness was relieved, his attacks of day blind ness ceased, and he told me the color of the eyes of his wife and children. One day he said to me:
"Doctor, I thank you for what you have done for my sight, but no words can express the gratiude I feel for what you have done for my mind."
Some years later he called with his heart full of grati tude, because there had been no relapse.
From all these facts it will be seen that the problems of vision are far more intimately associated with the problems of education than we had supposed, and that they can by no means be solved by putting concave, or convex, or astigmatic lenses before the eyes of the children.