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

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S OME one-perhaps it was Bacon-has said: "You cannot by reasoning correct a man of ill opinion which by reasoning he never acquired." He might have gone a step further and stated that neither by reasoning, nor by actual demonstration of the facts, can you convince some people that an opinion which they have accepted on authority is wrong.
A man whose name I do not care to mention, a pro fessor of ophthalmology, and a writer of books well known in this country and in Europe, saw me perform the experiment illustrated on Page 40, an experiment which, according to others who witnessed it, demon strates beyond any possibility of error that the lens is not a factor in accommodation. At each step of the op eration he testified to the facts; yet at the conclusion he preferred to discredit the evidence of his senses rather than accept the only conclusion that these facts admitted.
First he examined the eye of the animal to be experi mented upon, with the retinoscope, and found it normal, and the fact was written down. Then the eye was stimu lated with electricity, and he testified that it accommo dated. This was also written down. I now divided the superior oblique muscle, and the eye was again stimulated with electricity. The doctor observed the eye with the retinoscope when this was being done and said: "You failed to produce accommodation." This fact, too, was written down. The doctor now used the electrode him self, but again failed to observe accommodation, and