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Dr Judy
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 4:22 pm    Post subject: Re: I did not know even sunglasses and binoculars cause myopia! Now I do! Reply with quote

otisbrown@pa.net wrote:
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Dear Judy,

FYI:

Reference: Myopia Explosion

From Why Eyeglasses Are Harmful For Children And Young People,

1969 Joseph J. Kennebeck, O.D.


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Ahh, nearly 40 year old opinion by a non researcher.

Since this piece was written a lot of study has been done and many of
the statements have been disproved.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 9:12 pm    Post subject: Re: I did not know even websites can be wrong! Now I do! Reply with quote

<acemanvx@yahoo.com> wrote

Quote:
Maybe the plus lens alone isnt enough. Good vision habits courtesty of
the article is what needs to be practiced.

So you weren't aware of the number of false statements and unproven claims
in the garbage you posted?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 8:23 pm    Post subject: Re: I did not know even sunglasses and binoculars cause myopia! Now I do! Reply with quote

Dear AceMan,

Reference: Myopia Explosion

From Why Eyeglasses Are Harmful For Children And Young
People,

1969 Joseph J. Kennebeck, O.D.

+++++++++++++++++++

With respect to his statments about that wretched minus lens
-- you can put me down as in complete agreement.

There is a considerable amount of pure-scientifc truth
supporting his statement about the effect that a minus has on the
refractive STATE of all fundamental eyes.

This is clearly the second-opinion, where the proven effect
of the minus is strongly stated.

So Joseph would do EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO AOVID THE USE
OF THE MINUS. That IS the SECOND-OPINION WE HAVE BEEN TALKING
AOUT ON YaBB.

Compare Joseph's statments with Retinula's statement that the
NATURAL EYE IS NOT DYANMIC, AND THAT A MINUS LENS HAS ABSOLUTLY NO
EFFECT ON THE REFRACTIVE STATE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL EYE -- ANY YOU
BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF THIS "PROBLEM".

So Retinula will plunge an "un-suspecting" innocent into a
strong minus -- while Joseph is doing everything in his power to
prevent that over-prescription!!!!

I think it is ESSENTIAL that you personally "sort" this
issue out youself -- before you begin wearing that minus.

Read:


http://www.i-see.org/eyeglasses_harmful/chap6.html


Ace > Very good article!

Otis> Any parent should read it -- BEFORE a majority-opinion OD --
like Retinula punges the child into an over-prescribed
minus. The consequence of that thoughtless act -- have
LIFE-TIME CONSEQUENCES FOR THAT CHILD.


my comments:


Ace > There is no mention of plus glasses in that article, just
that all glasses are bad for your eyes, minus glasses being
the worst by far.

Otis> Agreed about the minus. But that puts responsibility on the
person to make certain he always PERSONALLY passes the
Snellen -- by his own PREVENTIVE work.

Ace> I think what needs to be done is remove the cause of
eyestrain and follow good vision habits.

Otis> You will have the opportunity to institute this preventive
work -- with your own children. Be prepared for that
possibility -- and necessity.


Ace> This could work better than just using a plus lens.

Otis> That will be your choice -- for your children.

Ace> Maybe the plus lens alone isnt enough.

Otis> I would certainly agree with that. Keeping your nose OFF
THE PAGE -- for a young child -- if far more important that
the "plus". Getting "outside" for a couple house a day --
would be wonderful. But those activities, while great --
are not enough.

Ace> Good vision habits courtesty of the article is what needs to
be practiced.

Otis> Fine, but assuming you do all of the above, and can not read
the 20/50 line -- and a minus clears the 20/20 line -- what
is your NEXT plan of action.

Otis> Would it be THEN -- that your could consider the "plus"?

Best,

Otis




acemanvx@yahoo.com wrote:
Quote:
There is no mention of plus glasses in that article, just that all
glasses are bad for your eyes, minus glasses being the worst by far. I
think what needs to be done is remove the cause of eyestrain and follow
good vision habits. This could work better than just using a plus lens.
Maybe the plus lens alone isnt enough. Good vision habits courtesty of
the article is what needs to be practiced.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 8:03 pm    Post subject: Re: I did not know even sunglasses and binoculars cause myopia! Now I do! Reply with quote

Dear Judy,

FYI:

Reference: Myopia Explosion

Quote:
From Why Eyeglasses Are Harmful For Children And Young People,

1969 Joseph J. Kennebeck, O.D.

+++++++++

Q. IS THERE A SECOND BEST WAY FOR ALREADY ADVANCED CASES OF
MYOPIA TO HELP THEM TO KEEP THEIR EYES THE SAME, OR FROM
GOING WORSE?

A. Yes. First have minimum - or less - prescription glasses for
emergency use only, such as driving, or for whatever might be
important. Then wear the glasses as little as possible
otherwise. Stop all unnecessary close work. What close work
one thinks he has to do, should be done without glasses if
possible, under good incandescent light, looking up and away
often. If the ease is so severe that one cannot do close
work without glasses, he should have special half-power
glasses for close work, or bifocals. From then on, do not
change the glasses, unless the power of the lenses can be
reduced. Be checked for that every one or two years.


This is not a solicitation of patronage. It is intended to
help those who care to help themselves. However, there are
corrective measures for the already severe advanced cases that may
need help.

This could only be done in person, and after an eye
examination under the proper theory and method. But even such
severe advanced cases can help themselves somewhat by quitting
their bad eye habits and deliberately discarding their glasses
permanently, even without correct measures. This is a WARNING
against myopic glasses for children and young people.

There is nothing in the healing art that could look so right
and be so wrong as myopic glasses for them. They are the ones who
must pay the penalty, as they grow older, for what was done for
them when they were younger.

Innocent and unsuspecting as they are, they will wear any
glasses that are put on them, with never a complaint as to whether
the glasses are fitted right or wrong. Real refractive eye
trouble begins then and there.

If all concerned with the eyes of children and young people
would heed the warning given herein there would be no new cases of
myopia, and therefore no glasses to be worn. Cases already
stricken could be improved or cured.

Symptoms of pains, strains, and headaches would be no more.
All would have better eyes through life. Loyalty to the old
tradition of glasses for the masses will not save the eyes of the
present and future generations.

No one has ever had to prove, or ever could prove, that
myopic glasses save the eyes of children and young people. I
should not have to prove further that they do not. If what I have
had to say is not enough proof, then there is no hope for their
eyes.

Most cases that do what is called for herein will notice and
admit improvement or cure.

However, there are some who will hold back.

Due to their loyalty to the old tradition, to save face and
not be proven wrong for having worn glasses, they will insist that
they notice no improvement in seeing or feeling better.

In fact, some will declare that their eyes have grown worse.

They love their glasses, and what they think glasses do for
them, for secret reasons of their own. Such unfair opposition
makes it hard to prove to the world that glasses do not save eyes;

that eyes never get better with glasses;

that eyes do not even stay the same with glasses;

that all eyes grow worse with glasses;

that all eyes would be better off, in the long run, if they
had never put on their first pair of glasses.

Such is the law of optics and eyes, whether we like it or
not. Time will prove it to be true.

No one can defy the law of optics and eyes and get away with
it.

It took a Civil War to free the slaves of the South.

It will almost take a war, or at least legislation, to free
children and young people from becoming slaves to glasses.

This is the only way I know to try to arouse parents to turn
against glasses for the masses of children and young people.

They may have refractive eye troubles that they brought on
themselves unknowingly and innocently, but glasses are only a poor
makeshift remedy.

They need more than glasses can ever do for them.

This is about all I can do, at this time, until parents do
their part.

++++++++++

A good statement of the preventive second-opinion by an
optometric expert.

Best,

Otis

=========


Dr Judy wrote:
Quote:
acemanvx@yahoo.com wrote:
http://www.i-see.org/eyeglasses_harmful/chap6.html



CHAPTER VI
MYOPIA EXPLOSION

snip

If you are going to post someone else's work, you should attribute the
author.

There are so many false, unproven and proven incorrect statements in
that text that I cannot begin to refute them. If you feel the need to
post this stuff, please post to a NVI or alternative treatment forum,
not a science based forum like sci.med.vision.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 4:33 pm    Post subject: Re: I did not know even sunglasses and binoculars cause myopia! Now I do! Reply with quote

acemanvx@yahoo.com wrote:
Quote:
http://www.i-see.org/eyeglasses_harmful/chap6.html



CHAPTER VI
MYOPIA EXPLOSION

snip

If you are going to post someone else's work, you should attribute the
author.

There are so many false, unproven and proven incorrect statements in
that text that I cannot begin to refute them. If you feel the need to
post this stuff, please post to a NVI or alternative treatment forum,
not a science based forum like sci.med.vision.

Dr Judy
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 1:50 pm    Post subject: Re: I did not know even sunglasses and binoculars cause myopia! Now I do! Reply with quote

what moron wrote this crap? I've never seen such a bunch of BS in my
life. there is probably some law that is being violated by publishing
something that is just totally fallacy.

unless the person who wrote this thinks its some kind of joke. in
which case I guess I just fell for it.

==============

acemanvx@yahoo.com wrote:
Quote:
http://www.i-see.org/eyeglasses_harmful/chap6.html



CHAPTER VI
MYOPIA EXPLOSION
These are questions asked over a period of forty years about the cause
of myopia (nearsightedness) in children and young people, and why
glasses are a poor and unscientific remedy for them, with answers
according to the author's own theory and method for eyes.

They may come as a shock to those who believed otherwise; it also came
as a shock to the author when he discovered it. Nevertheless it is the
truth, whether we like it or not.

Q. WHAT IS MEANT BY MYOPIA EXPLOSION?

A. It means that there are more cases of myopia than ever before. Up to
twenty-five years ago only a few in every thousand children and young
people were myopic. Today it is over ten in one hundred, and getting
worse every year. It will go to fifty or more per hundred, if something
is not done about it.

Q. ARE CHILDREN BORN WITH MYOPIA?

A. No. Their myopia is acquired sooner or later. No one can be born
myopic. But for the sake of argument, just suppose one was born with
one diopter of myopia. Later on he has two, three, five ten, and up to
twenty-five diopters of myopia. Where did he get the increased myopia?
He was supposedly born with only one diopter. Even if one was born with
myopia, glasses are not the scientific remedy.

Q. ARE NOT MYOPIC EYEBALLS TOO LONG?

A. No; neither are hyperopic (farsighted) eyeballs too short. Eyeballs
could not be as long or as short as they would have to be, in more or
less high diopter myopic or hyperopic eyes. Even if they were, glasses
are not the scientific remedy.

Q. IS MYOPIA HEREDITARY?

A. No. Only hyperopia might be hereditary. It would make no difference
if a parent, grandparent, or uncle, or aunt were or were not myopic.
Each and every one who is myopic had to acquire it himself. Even if
myopia were hereditary, glasses are not the scientific remedy.

Q. WHAT IS MYOPIA?

A. Myopia is a locked over-convexity of the refractive media of the
eye. Hyperopia is an undeveloped refractive media of the eye. All
myopic eyes were once normal or hyperopic.

Q. HOW IS MYOPIA ACQUIRED?

A. Most cases of myopia can be traced to misuse and abuse of the eyes
as heretofore described in detail. Some cases can be traced to watching
television at too close a range.

Q. COULD THERE BE OTHER CAUSES OF MYOPIA IN SOME CASES?

A. Yes. Myopia can also be acquired from getting unnecessary myopic
glasses for reasons other than real refractive eye trouble. This is
called malingering, fooling parents and obtaining glasses that are not
needed. Normal and some hyperopic eyes can see better with myopic
glasses, but they should not be allowed to. As soon as the unnecessary
myopic glasses are worn long enough, the eyes will no longer be normal,
or hyperopic, as they were before. They will be myopic from then on,
and will go into progressive myopia. This would not have happened if
they had not put on the unnecessary myopic glasses in the first place.
It is surprising how many malingering cases there are. Myopia can also
be acquired from wearing sunglasses.

Q. WHAT DOES THE WORD "BOOKWORM" COVER?

A. The word "bookworm" covers the reading of too many books,
newspapers, magazines, prayer books in church, comics; writing,
drawing, sketching, coloring, keeping stamps and coins, picking at
fingers, manicuring the nails, boys making model airplanes and boats,
girls cutting out paper dolls, crocheting, knitting, sewing, etc., all
incorrectly.

Q. WHAT IF THEY COMPLAIN OF PAINS, STRAINS, OR HEADACHES?

A. Most of them are caused by the same bad eye habits, in any and all
close work, as previously described. Often they are the forerunner of
myopia to follow, if they keep up the bad eye habits. There are also
other causes, such as exposure to fumes of fresh paint, varnish, gas or
systemic upsets, for which glasses are certainly not the remedy. Those
who wear glasses for them soon have them with the glasses.

Q. IF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT MISUSE AND ABUSE THEIR EYES, OR
FEIGN EYE TROUBLE, AS DESCRIBED, WOULD THERE BE FEWER CASES OF MYOPIA,
OR COMPLAINTS OF PAINS, STRAINS, OR HEADACHES, AND THEREFORE NO GLASSES
WORN BY THEM?

A. That is true, and their eyes would tend toward normal.

Q. WHY ARE GLASSES UNSCIENTIFIC FOR THEM?

A. Glasses are unscientific for them because the glasses create more of
the same problem for which they were prescribed and worn. There is no
end to the progression of myopia with myopic glasses. It will continue
up to and even past the age of forty.

Q. HOW DO MYOPIC GLASSES CREATE MORE OF THE SAME PROBLEM FOR WHICH THEY
WERE PRESCRIBED AND WORN?

A. This and the answer to the next question alone should be enough to
turn anyone against myopic glasses. All myopic glasses are fitted at
one distance, usually twenty feet. The glasses are wrong at every other
distance. It would be better to wear no glasses at all than to wear
wrong glasses. No lens can be made to fit the eyes at all other
distances. No one looks through his glasses at exactly twenty feet all
the time. All eyes look at many distances, from near to far, in all
directions. Myopic glasses are habit-forming at twenty feet and beyond.
Few use their eyes beyond twenty feet as much as they do inside of
twenty feet. At every foot inside of twenty feet the glasses are many
times worse. At TEN feet the glasses are TWICE wrong; at FIVE feet the
glasses are FOUR times wrong; at ONE foot, where all close work is
done, the glasses are TWENTY times wrong. This is arrived at by
dividing the footage, or distance eyes look at, into twenty feet, where
the glasses are fitted. The same reasoning goes for contact lenses,
which are worse than glasses. Better read this and the next answer
again and again. No one can deny these facts in order to justify the
wearing of myopic glasses.

Q. CANNOT EYES COMPENSATE, THROUGH MYOPIC GLASSES MADE FOR TWENTY FEET,
TO SEE AT ALL OTHER DISTANCES?

A. Yes. Eyes can compensate, as per the question, as long as they are
young enough to do it. But, I must warn you that eyes cannot
compensate, as per the question, WITHOUT BEING HURT. It is the
compensating, through myopic glasses fitted for twenty feet, that
brings on progressive myopia, locking the refractive media of the eyes
into more and more over-convexity.

Q. ARE NOT BIFOCALS PRESCRIBED IN SOME MYOPIC CASES, IN AN ATTEMPT TO
OFFSET COMPENSATING FOR CLOSE WORK?

A. Yes, but bifocals are a feeble attempt. However, prescribing
bifocals does prove that it is bad for eyes to compensate for
nearsightedness through myopic glasses fitted for twenty feet. But
glasses, particularly of the myopic variety, are bad at ALL distances
inside of twenty feet. That is why ALL myopic cases grow progressively
worse, even with bifocals.

Q. THEN EYES CANNOT GET BETTER, AND MUST GO WORSE, WITH MYOPIC GLASSES?


A. Yes, in ALL cases. They ALL grow worse every year thereafter. If one
does not seem to have gone worse, the glasses were over-fitted the time
before.

Q. THEN THERE ARE NO CASES THAT MIGHT BE EXCEPTIONS?

A. That is true. There are no exceptions.

Q. THEN NO CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON SHOULD WEAR MYOPIC GLASSES?

A. That is true. Wearing myopic glasses prevents improvement. The very
nature of the glasses is to artificially and temporarily make see or
relieve, never to improve or cure. Nature never intended people to wear
myopic glasses. Nature intended other means to help improve or cure
myopia.

Q. CAN PEOPLE IMPROVE OR CURE THEMSELVES WITHOUT MYOPIC GLASSES?

A. Yes, providing they are disciplined in the use of their eyes and
never wear myopic glasses.

Q. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR MYOPIC EYES TO IMPROVE OR CURE WITHOUT
MYOPIC GLASSES?

A. It takes a year or longer, depending on the case. But improvement
will begin at once, the minute one stops all harmful eye habits. As for
a quick cure in bad cases, there is no such possibility. Myopia is very
much like diabetes. Once a diabetic, one always has a tendency toward
it unless he lives right. Once stricken with myopia, one always has a
tendency toward it thereafter unless he lives right. This applies even
to the mildest cases. Age and time help to improve myopia, but only if
they ease up in their bad eye habits, and never wear myopic glasses.
Rather than to stress what can or cannot be done for cases already
stricken with myopia, it is more important to prevent new cases from
acquiring myopia. Then we would not have such severe advanced cases.
Otherwise, the mild cases of yesterday and today will become the severe
progressive cases of tomorrow.

Q. HOW SHOULD PEOPLE BE DISCIPLINED IN THE USE OF THEIR EYES?

A. They should be made to stop all unnecessary close work. What close
work they think they have to do should be done under good incandescent
light, looking up and away often. They should blink and squeeze their
eyes with their eyelids often.

Q. ARE THERE ANY OTHER THINGS THEY SHOULD NOT DO?

A. Yes. They should never wear sunglasses, or look through binoculars,
telescopes, opera glasses, or field glasses, or try on any glasses.

Q. WHY ARE SUNGLASSES OR TINTED LENSES BAD?

A. They are bad because they dilate the pupils of the eyes, when eyes
need sunshine and light to contract the pupils. The smaller the pupils
the better eyes see and the safer the future. Dilated pupils are one of
the first signs of myopia to follow.

Q. WHY ARE BINOCULARS, TELESCOPES, OPERA GLASSES, AND FIELD GLASSES SO
BAD?

A. They are bad because the optical power of the lenses in them are
worse than glasses, particularly to myopic eyes.

Q. THEN DILATION OF THE PUPILS, FOR AN EYE EXAMINATION, IS ALSO BAD?

A. Yes, it is bad and totally unnecessary. It takes skill and a
knowledge of eyes and optics to examine eyes without dilation.

Q. CAN CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE GET ALONG WITHOUT MYOPIC GLASSES?

A. Yes, and their eyes could gradually return toward normal, as my own
eyes did, after I acquired myopia at the age of twelve.

Q. WHAT IF THEY SQUINT TO SEE WITHOUT MYOPIC GLASSES?

A. There is no harm in squinting. It helps the eyes improve or be
cured. Those who wear glasses to keep from squinting soon squint with
the glasses.

Q. ARE NOT SOME CASES BLIND WITHOUT MYOPIC GLASSES?

A. No. None are blind without their myopic glasses. They only say they
are blind without them. Only blind people are blind, and they cannot
see even with glasses. Myopic cases may not see small things, or signs
farther away without their glasses, but otherwise they can see well
enough to get along, until they improve and begin to see better.

Q. CANNOT CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WEAR MYOPIC GLASSES PART-TIME, SUCH
AS IN SCHOOL, AND NOT GROW WORSE?

A. No. There is no halfway in myopic cases. If they wear myopic glasses
all the time, or even part-time, they must grow worse. If there are
some things they cannot do without myopic glasses, they cannot do them
until they improve enough to do them. One must persevere and do the
best they can without glasses. If one left his myopic glasses off for a
day, a week, a month, or a year, and then put them on, even for a
minute, he would ruin all the good he had done by going without his
myopic glasses. Eyes are quick to take hold, through myopic glasses,
and to be what the myopic glasses make them.

Q. HOW CAN THEY GO TO SCHOOL AND LEARN WITHOUT THEIR MYOPIC GLASSES?

A. Many myopic cases go to school and learn without myopic glasses. Not
all myopic cases wear glasses. Some parents refuse to allow their
children and young people to wear glasses. They have found ways and
means to keep them from wearing them. Children and young people can get
their education and save their eyes at the same time, by using their
eyes in the right way. If they do that, sooner or later the eyes will
improve and they will find things easier and better. Not one of them
has to ruin his eyes to get his education. With the proper cooperation
of teachers and school nurses, all students can go through school
without myopic glasses. A student recently graduated from the
University of Chicago with the highest honors. He was totally blind.

Q. HOW CAN TEACHERS AND SCHOOL NURSES COOPERATE TO HELP MYOPIC CASES?

A. Teachers can write larger on the blackboard, keep the blackboard
black, and see that there is no glare on it. They can allow myopic
students to sit in or near the front row. They should not give students
so much homework to do. Students' eyes become weary and bleary from too
much homework, with or without myopic glasses. School nurses can make
screening tests of students' eyes, but should not suggest or insist
that the student get glasses. Teachers should spend a little time every
day in every class, in all schools up to university level, teaching
students how to use their eyes right and how not to use them wrong.
Fast and furious overeducating is the cause of too many students going
myopic. It would be better to be the poorest student with the best eyes
than to be the best student with the poorest eyes. Eyes should come
first.

Q. THEN PERFECT VISION, WITH MYOPIC GLASSES, DOES NOT MEAN PERFECT
EYES?

A. That is true. Strong glasses do not make strong eyes. Myopic eyes
are already too strong. Only hyperopic eyes are weak, and hyperopic
glasses make them weaker. Myopic glasses over-develop the refractive
power of the eyes, as previously explained.

Q. THEN MYOPIC EYES ARE TOO STRONG, AND HYPEROPIC EYES ARE TOO WEAK?

A. That is true, and they grow more so with glasses.

Q. HOW BAD CAN EYES GROW WITH GLASSES?

A. Very bad. Myopic eyes can go as bad as thirty diopters, with
glasses, as compared to eight diopters for hyperopia. The naked visual
acuity can go as bad as 20/400, or worse, with myopic glasses. Wearing
myopic glasses through life could lead to blindness from detachment of
the retina, conical corneas, myopic cataracts or glaucoma, at middle
age or past. Myopic cases are more subject to these conditions than
other cases.

Q. WILL MYOPIC CASES NOT GO THAT BAD WITHOUT GLASSES?

A. No, they will not go that bad without glasses.

Q. IS HYPEROPIA AS BAD AS MYOPIA?

A. No. All eyes are born with more or less hyperopia. This is natural.
They develop toward normal by the natural use of the eyes as they grow
older. If they resort to glasses, the glasses stop their natural
development. It would be better for eyes to be more or less hyperopic
than to be even one diopter myopic. Hyperopia is not nearly as bad as
myopia.

Q. THEN CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD BE BETTER OFF IN THE LONG RUN,
REGARDLESS OF THE EYE CONDITION, IF THEY HAD NEVER PUT ON THEIR FIRST
GLASSES?

A. That is certain. They have no future, with glasses, but to grow
worse.

Q. THEN WHY ARE GLASSES PRESCRIBED FOR THEM?

A. That is a good question. Professional ethics do not permit me to
answer, but I have records to show that all cases grow worse with
glasses and improve without them. It stands to reason that this is so.
Since I am opposed to glasses for children and young. people, it is not
up to me to answer this question.

Q. WHY CANNOT ALL THIS BE BROUGHT TO PUBLIC ATTENTION?

A. That is another good question, but difficult to answer. Again I have
to hide behind professional ethics. It is bad enough for me to say what
I do against glasses. I can only say that the old tradition of glasses
has taken such a hold on the masses, that anyone who raises his voice
against glasses is branded as a quack. I know of no media by which all
this could be brought to the attention of all concerned. One would have
to ask elsewhere for the answer to this question.

Q. THEN THERE IS NO AUTHORITY WITH THE POWER TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT -
TO FORCE IT ON ALL CONCERNED, SUCH AS PARENTS, TEACHERS, SCHOOL NURSES,
AND THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE THEMSELVES?

A. Not that I know of. I only wish there were. Something could be done
about it if and when enough interest in these questions and answers is
shown. It is strange that the masses so strongly believe in glasses and
that they are skeptical of anyone who raises his voice against them.
Eyeglass wearers, who are not qualified to be skeptical, would scoff
at, deride, and ridicule anyone opposed to glasses.

Q. WHAT ABOUT OTHER EYE CONDITIONS NOT MENTIONED HEREIN?

A. Let it be understood that other eye conditions cannot be included
herein. This deals mostly with myopia. Information on all other
refractive and muscular eye conditions can be furnished on request, by
written questions. Let it also be understood that adult eye conditions
are not included herein. It is too late for most of them. Their eyes
are more or less set in their refractive eye trouble. While most of
them have to resort to glasses, they should be fitted with the weakest
lenses possible, and wear them no more than necessary. Their glasses
should never be on when they could be off. The more they go without
their glasses, the better their eyes will be and the longer their
glasses will last, without changing them so often.

Q. THEN GLASSES SHOULD BE ALLOWED FOR ADULTS, NOT FOR CHILDREN AND
YOUNG PEOPLE?

A. That is correct. Just because adults have to resort to glasses is no
reason to think and believe that children and young people have to.
There is no comparison. While an adult's eyes are more or less set in
their refractive eye trouble, as said before, children's and young
people's eyes are flexible and in the process of development. The eyes
of children and young people will respond to discipline, with or
without corrective measures, while the adults will not.

Q. IS THERE A SECOND BEST WAY FOR ALREADY ADVANCED CASES OF MYOPIA TO
HELP THEM TO KEEP THEIR EYES THE SAME, OR FROM GOING WORSE?


A. Yes. First have minimum - or less - prescription glasses for
emergency use only, such as driving, or for whatever might be
important. Then wear the glasses as little as possible otherwise. Stop
all unnecessary close work. What close work one thinks he has to do,
should be done without glasses if possible, under good incandescent
light, looking up and away often. If the ease is so severe that one
cannot do close work without glasses, he should have special half-power
glasses for close work, or bifocals. From then on, do not change the
glasses, unless the power of the lenses can be reduced. Be checked for
that every one or two years.

This is not a solicitation of patronage. It is intended to help those
who care to help themselves. However, there are corrective measures for
the already severe advanced cases that may need help. This could only
be done in person, and after an eye examination under the proper theory
and method. But even such severe advanced cases can help themselves
somewhat by quitting their bad eye habits and deliberately discarding
their glasses permanently, even without correct measures.

This is a WARNING against myopic glasses for children and young people.
There is nothing in the healing art that could look so right and be so
wrong as myopic glasses for them. They are the ones who must pay the
penalty, as they grow older, for what was done for them when they were
younger. Innocent and unsuspecting as they are, they will wear any
glasses that are put on them, with never a complaint as to whether the
glasses are fitted right or wrong. Real refractive eye trouble begins
then and there.

If all concerned with the eyes of children and young people would heed
the warning given herein there would be no new cases of myopia, and
therefore no glasses to be worn. Cases already stricken could be
improved or cured. Symptoms of pains, strains, and headaches would be
no more. All would have better eyes through life. Loyalty to the old
tradition of glasses for the masses will not save the eyes of the
present and future generations. No one has ever had to prove, or ever
could prove, that myopic glasses save the eyes of children and young
people. I should not have to prove further that they do not. If what I
have had to say is not enough proof, then there is no hope for their
eyes.

Most cases that do what is called for herein will notice and admit
improvement or cure. However, there are some who will hold back. Due to
their loyalty to the old tradition, to save face and not be proven
wrong for having worn glasses, they will insist that they notice no
improvement in seeing or feeling better. In fact, some will declare
that their eyes have grown worse. They love their glasses, and what
they think glasses do for them, for secret reasons of their own. Such
unfair opposition makes it hard to prove to the world that glasses do
not save eyes; that eyes never get better with glasses; that eyes do
not even stay the same with glasses; that all eyes grow worse with
glasses; that all eyes would be better off, in the long run, if they
had never put on their first pair of glasses. Such is the law of optics
and eyes, whether we like it or not. Time will prove it to be true. No
one can defy the law of optics and eyes and get away with it.

It took a Civil War to free the slaves of the South. It will almost
take a war, or at least legislation, to free children and young people
from becoming slaves to glasses. This is the only way I know to try to
arouse parents to turn against glasses for the masses of children and
young people. They may have refractive eye troubles that they brought
on themselves unknowingly and innocently, but glasses are only a poor
makeshift remedy. They need more than glasses can ever do for them.
This is about all I can do, at this time, until parents do their part.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:38 am    Post subject: Re: I did not know even sunglasses and binoculars cause myopia! Now I do! Reply with quote

There is no mention of plus glasses in that article, just that all
glasses are bad for your eyes, minus glasses being the worst by far. I
think what needs to be done is remove the cause of eyestrain and follow
good vision habits. This could work better than just using a plus lens.
Maybe the plus lens alone isnt enough. Good vision habits courtesty of
the article is what needs to be practiced.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:32 am    Post subject: I did not know even sunglasses and binoculars cause myopia! Now I do! Reply with quote

http://www.i-see.org/eyeglasses_harmful/chap6.html



CHAPTER VI
MYOPIA EXPLOSION
These are questions asked over a period of forty years about the cause
of myopia (nearsightedness) in children and young people, and why
glasses are a poor and unscientific remedy for them, with answers
according to the author's own theory and method for eyes.

They may come as a shock to those who believed otherwise; it also came
as a shock to the author when he discovered it. Nevertheless it is the
truth, whether we like it or not.

Q. WHAT IS MEANT BY MYOPIA EXPLOSION?

A. It means that there are more cases of myopia than ever before. Up to
twenty-five years ago only a few in every thousand children and young
people were myopic. Today it is over ten in one hundred, and getting
worse every year. It will go to fifty or more per hundred, if something
is not done about it.

Q. ARE CHILDREN BORN WITH MYOPIA?

A. No. Their myopia is acquired sooner or later. No one can be born
myopic. But for the sake of argument, just suppose one was born with
one diopter of myopia. Later on he has two, three, five ten, and up to
twenty-five diopters of myopia. Where did he get the increased myopia?
He was supposedly born with only one diopter. Even if one was born with
myopia, glasses are not the scientific remedy.

Q. ARE NOT MYOPIC EYEBALLS TOO LONG?

A. No; neither are hyperopic (farsighted) eyeballs too short. Eyeballs
could not be as long or as short as they would have to be, in more or
less high diopter myopic or hyperopic eyes. Even if they were, glasses
are not the scientific remedy.

Q. IS MYOPIA HEREDITARY?

A. No. Only hyperopia might be hereditary. It would make no difference
if a parent, grandparent, or uncle, or aunt were or were not myopic.
Each and every one who is myopic had to acquire it himself. Even if
myopia were hereditary, glasses are not the scientific remedy.

Q. WHAT IS MYOPIA?

A. Myopia is a locked over-convexity of the refractive media of the
eye. Hyperopia is an undeveloped refractive media of the eye. All
myopic eyes were once normal or hyperopic.

Q. HOW IS MYOPIA ACQUIRED?

A. Most cases of myopia can be traced to misuse and abuse of the eyes
as heretofore described in detail. Some cases can be traced to watching
television at too close a range.

Q. COULD THERE BE OTHER CAUSES OF MYOPIA IN SOME CASES?

A. Yes. Myopia can also be acquired from getting unnecessary myopic
glasses for reasons other than real refractive eye trouble. This is
called malingering, fooling parents and obtaining glasses that are not
needed. Normal and some hyperopic eyes can see better with myopic
glasses, but they should not be allowed to. As soon as the unnecessary
myopic glasses are worn long enough, the eyes will no longer be normal,
or hyperopic, as they were before. They will be myopic from then on,
and will go into progressive myopia. This would not have happened if
they had not put on the unnecessary myopic glasses in the first place.
It is surprising how many malingering cases there are. Myopia can also
be acquired from wearing sunglasses.

Q. WHAT DOES THE WORD "BOOKWORM" COVER?

A. The word "bookworm" covers the reading of too many books,
newspapers, magazines, prayer books in church, comics; writing,
drawing, sketching, coloring, keeping stamps and coins, picking at
fingers, manicuring the nails, boys making model airplanes and boats,
girls cutting out paper dolls, crocheting, knitting, sewing, etc., all
incorrectly.

Q. WHAT IF THEY COMPLAIN OF PAINS, STRAINS, OR HEADACHES?

A. Most of them are caused by the same bad eye habits, in any and all
close work, as previously described. Often they are the forerunner of
myopia to follow, if they keep up the bad eye habits. There are also
other causes, such as exposure to fumes of fresh paint, varnish, gas or
systemic upsets, for which glasses are certainly not the remedy. Those
who wear glasses for them soon have them with the glasses.

Q. IF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE DID NOT MISUSE AND ABUSE THEIR EYES, OR
FEIGN EYE TROUBLE, AS DESCRIBED, WOULD THERE BE FEWER CASES OF MYOPIA,
OR COMPLAINTS OF PAINS, STRAINS, OR HEADACHES, AND THEREFORE NO GLASSES
WORN BY THEM?

A. That is true, and their eyes would tend toward normal.

Q. WHY ARE GLASSES UNSCIENTIFIC FOR THEM?

A. Glasses are unscientific for them because the glasses create more of
the same problem for which they were prescribed and worn. There is no
end to the progression of myopia with myopic glasses. It will continue
up to and even past the age of forty.

Q. HOW DO MYOPIC GLASSES CREATE MORE OF THE SAME PROBLEM FOR WHICH THEY
WERE PRESCRIBED AND WORN?

A. This and the answer to the next question alone should be enough to
turn anyone against myopic glasses. All myopic glasses are fitted at
one distance, usually twenty feet. The glasses are wrong at every other
distance. It would be better to wear no glasses at all than to wear
wrong glasses. No lens can be made to fit the eyes at all other
distances. No one looks through his glasses at exactly twenty feet all
the time. All eyes look at many distances, from near to far, in all
directions. Myopic glasses are habit-forming at twenty feet and beyond.
Few use their eyes beyond twenty feet as much as they do inside of
twenty feet. At every foot inside of twenty feet the glasses are many
times worse. At TEN feet the glasses are TWICE wrong; at FIVE feet the
glasses are FOUR times wrong; at ONE foot, where all close work is
done, the glasses are TWENTY times wrong. This is arrived at by
dividing the footage, or distance eyes look at, into twenty feet, where
the glasses are fitted. The same reasoning goes for contact lenses,
which are worse than glasses. Better read this and the next answer
again and again. No one can deny these facts in order to justify the
wearing of myopic glasses.

Q. CANNOT EYES COMPENSATE, THROUGH MYOPIC GLASSES MADE FOR TWENTY FEET,
TO SEE AT ALL OTHER DISTANCES?

A. Yes. Eyes can compensate, as per the question, as long as they are
young enough to do it. But, I must warn you that eyes cannot
compensate, as per the question, WITHOUT BEING HURT. It is the
compensating, through myopic glasses fitted for twenty feet, that
brings on progressive myopia, locking the refractive media of the eyes
into more and more over-convexity.

Q. ARE NOT BIFOCALS PRESCRIBED IN SOME MYOPIC CASES, IN AN ATTEMPT TO
OFFSET COMPENSATING FOR CLOSE WORK?

A. Yes, but bifocals are a feeble attempt. However, prescribing
bifocals does prove that it is bad for eyes to compensate for
nearsightedness through myopic glasses fitted for twenty feet. But
glasses, particularly of the myopic variety, are bad at ALL distances
inside of twenty feet. That is why ALL myopic cases grow progressively
worse, even with bifocals.

Q. THEN EYES CANNOT GET BETTER, AND MUST GO WORSE, WITH MYOPIC GLASSES?


A. Yes, in ALL cases. They ALL grow worse every year thereafter. If one
does not seem to have gone worse, the glasses were over-fitted the time
before.

Q. THEN THERE ARE NO CASES THAT MIGHT BE EXCEPTIONS?

A. That is true. There are no exceptions.

Q. THEN NO CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON SHOULD WEAR MYOPIC GLASSES?

A. That is true. Wearing myopic glasses prevents improvement. The very
nature of the glasses is to artificially and temporarily make see or
relieve, never to improve or cure. Nature never intended people to wear
myopic glasses. Nature intended other means to help improve or cure
myopia.

Q. CAN PEOPLE IMPROVE OR CURE THEMSELVES WITHOUT MYOPIC GLASSES?

A. Yes, providing they are disciplined in the use of their eyes and
never wear myopic glasses.

Q. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR MYOPIC EYES TO IMPROVE OR CURE WITHOUT
MYOPIC GLASSES?

A. It takes a year or longer, depending on the case. But improvement
will begin at once, the minute one stops all harmful eye habits. As for
a quick cure in bad cases, there is no such possibility. Myopia is very
much like diabetes. Once a diabetic, one always has a tendency toward
it unless he lives right. Once stricken with myopia, one always has a
tendency toward it thereafter unless he lives right. This applies even
to the mildest cases. Age and time help to improve myopia, but only if
they ease up in their bad eye habits, and never wear myopic glasses.
Rather than to stress what can or cannot be done for cases already
stricken with myopia, it is more important to prevent new cases from
acquiring myopia. Then we would not have such severe advanced cases.
Otherwise, the mild cases of yesterday and today will become the severe
progressive cases of tomorrow.

Q. HOW SHOULD PEOPLE BE DISCIPLINED IN THE USE OF THEIR EYES?

A. They should be made to stop all unnecessary close work. What close
work they think they have to do should be done under good incandescent
light, looking up and away often. They should blink and squeeze their
eyes with their eyelids often.

Q. ARE THERE ANY OTHER THINGS THEY SHOULD NOT DO?

A. Yes. They should never wear sunglasses, or look through binoculars,
telescopes, opera glasses, or field glasses, or try on any glasses.

Q. WHY ARE SUNGLASSES OR TINTED LENSES BAD?

A. They are bad because they dilate the pupils of the eyes, when eyes
need sunshine and light to contract the pupils. The smaller the pupils
the better eyes see and the safer the future. Dilated pupils are one of
the first signs of myopia to follow.

Q. WHY ARE BINOCULARS, TELESCOPES, OPERA GLASSES, AND FIELD GLASSES SO
BAD?

A. They are bad because the optical power of the lenses in them are
worse than glasses, particularly to myopic eyes.

Q. THEN DILATION OF THE PUPILS, FOR AN EYE EXAMINATION, IS ALSO BAD?

A. Yes, it is bad and totally unnecessary. It takes skill and a
knowledge of eyes and optics to examine eyes without dilation.

Q. CAN CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE GET ALONG WITHOUT MYOPIC GLASSES?

A. Yes, and their eyes could gradually return toward normal, as my own
eyes did, after I acquired myopia at the age of twelve.

Q. WHAT IF THEY SQUINT TO SEE WITHOUT MYOPIC GLASSES?

A. There is no harm in squinting. It helps the eyes improve or be
cured. Those who wear glasses to keep from squinting soon squint with
the glasses.

Q. ARE NOT SOME CASES BLIND WITHOUT MYOPIC GLASSES?

A. No. None are blind without their myopic glasses. They only say they
are blind without them. Only blind people are blind, and they cannot
see even with glasses. Myopic cases may not see small things, or signs
farther away without their glasses, but otherwise they can see well
enough to get along, until they improve and begin to see better.

Q. CANNOT CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WEAR MYOPIC GLASSES PART-TIME, SUCH
AS IN SCHOOL, AND NOT GROW WORSE?

A. No. There is no halfway in myopic cases. If they wear myopic glasses
all the time, or even part-time, they must grow worse. If there are
some things they cannot do without myopic glasses, they cannot do them
until they improve enough to do them. One must persevere and do the
best they can without glasses. If one left his myopic glasses off for a
day, a week, a month, or a year, and then put them on, even for a
minute, he would ruin all the good he had done by going without his
myopic glasses. Eyes are quick to take hold, through myopic glasses,
and to be what the myopic glasses make them.

Q. HOW CAN THEY GO TO SCHOOL AND LEARN WITHOUT THEIR MYOPIC GLASSES?

A. Many myopic cases go to school and learn without myopic glasses. Not
all myopic cases wear glasses. Some parents refuse to allow their
children and young people to wear glasses. They have found ways and
means to keep them from wearing them. Children and young people can get
their education and save their eyes at the same time, by using their
eyes in the right way. If they do that, sooner or later the eyes will
improve and they will find things easier and better. Not one of them
has to ruin his eyes to get his education. With the proper cooperation
of teachers and school nurses, all students can go through school
without myopic glasses. A student recently graduated from the
University of Chicago with the highest honors. He was totally blind.

Q. HOW CAN TEACHERS AND SCHOOL NURSES COOPERATE TO HELP MYOPIC CASES?

A. Teachers can write larger on the blackboard, keep the blackboard
black, and see that there is no glare on it. They can allow myopic
students to sit in or near the front row. They should not give students
so much homework to do. Students' eyes become weary and bleary from too
much homework, with or without myopic glasses. School nurses can make
screening tests of students' eyes, but should not suggest or insist
that the student get glasses. Teachers should spend a little time every
day in every class, in all schools up to university level, teaching
students how to use their eyes right and how not to use them wrong.
Fast and furious overeducating is the cause of too many students going
myopic. It would be better to be the poorest student with the best eyes
than to be the best student with the poorest eyes. Eyes should come
first.

Q. THEN PERFECT VISION, WITH MYOPIC GLASSES, DOES NOT MEAN PERFECT
EYES?

A. That is true. Strong glasses do not make strong eyes. Myopic eyes
are already too strong. Only hyperopic eyes are weak, and hyperopic
glasses make them weaker. Myopic glasses over-develop the refractive
power of the eyes, as previously explained.

Q. THEN MYOPIC EYES ARE TOO STRONG, AND HYPEROPIC EYES ARE TOO WEAK?

A. That is true, and they grow more so with glasses.

Q. HOW BAD CAN EYES GROW WITH GLASSES?

A. Very bad. Myopic eyes can go as bad as thirty diopters, with
glasses, as compared to eight diopters for hyperopia. The naked visual
acuity can go as bad as 20/400, or worse, with myopic glasses. Wearing
myopic glasses through life could lead to blindness from detachment of
the retina, conical corneas, myopic cataracts or glaucoma, at middle
age or past. Myopic cases are more subject to these conditions than
other cases.

Q. WILL MYOPIC CASES NOT GO THAT BAD WITHOUT GLASSES?

A. No, they will not go that bad without glasses.

Q. IS HYPEROPIA AS BAD AS MYOPIA?

A. No. All eyes are born with more or less hyperopia. This is natural.
They develop toward normal by the natural use of the eyes as they grow
older. If they resort to glasses, the glasses stop their natural
development. It would be better for eyes to be more or less hyperopic
than to be even one diopter myopic. Hyperopia is not nearly as bad as
myopia.

Q. THEN CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD BE BETTER OFF IN THE LONG RUN,
REGARDLESS OF THE EYE CONDITION, IF THEY HAD NEVER PUT ON THEIR FIRST
GLASSES?

A. That is certain. They have no future, with glasses, but to grow
worse.

Q. THEN WHY ARE GLASSES PRESCRIBED FOR THEM?

A. That is a good question. Professional ethics do not permit me to
answer, but I have records to show that all cases grow worse with
glasses and improve without them. It stands to reason that this is so.
Since I am opposed to glasses for children and young. people, it is not
up to me to answer this question.

Q. WHY CANNOT ALL THIS BE BROUGHT TO PUBLIC ATTENTION?

A. That is another good question, but difficult to answer. Again I have
to hide behind professional ethics. It is bad enough for me to say what
I do against glasses. I can only say that the old tradition of glasses
has taken such a hold on the masses, that anyone who raises his voice
against glasses is branded as a quack. I know of no media by which all
this could be brought to the attention of all concerned. One would have
to ask elsewhere for the answer to this question.

Q. THEN THERE IS NO AUTHORITY WITH THE POWER TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT -
TO FORCE IT ON ALL CONCERNED, SUCH AS PARENTS, TEACHERS, SCHOOL NURSES,
AND THE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE THEMSELVES?

A. Not that I know of. I only wish there were. Something could be done
about it if and when enough interest in these questions and answers is
shown. It is strange that the masses so strongly believe in glasses and
that they are skeptical of anyone who raises his voice against them.
Eyeglass wearers, who are not qualified to be skeptical, would scoff
at, deride, and ridicule anyone opposed to glasses.

Q. WHAT ABOUT OTHER EYE CONDITIONS NOT MENTIONED HEREIN?

A. Let it be understood that other eye conditions cannot be included
herein. This deals mostly with myopia. Information on all other
refractive and muscular eye conditions can be furnished on request, by
written questions. Let it also be understood that adult eye conditions
are not included herein. It is too late for most of them. Their eyes
are more or less set in their refractive eye trouble. While most of
them have to resort to glasses, they should be fitted with the weakest
lenses possible, and wear them no more than necessary. Their glasses
should never be on when they could be off. The more they go without
their glasses, the better their eyes will be and the longer their
glasses will last, without changing them so often.

Q. THEN GLASSES SHOULD BE ALLOWED FOR ADULTS, NOT FOR CHILDREN AND
YOUNG PEOPLE?

A. That is correct. Just because adults have to resort to glasses is no
reason to think and believe that children and young people have to.
There is no comparison. While an adult's eyes are more or less set in
their refractive eye trouble, as said before, children's and young
people's eyes are flexible and in the process of development. The eyes
of children and young people will respond to discipline, with or
without corrective measures, while the adults will not.

Q. IS THERE A SECOND BEST WAY FOR ALREADY ADVANCED CASES OF MYOPIA TO
HELP THEM TO KEEP THEIR EYES THE SAME, OR FROM GOING WORSE?


A. Yes. First have minimum - or less - prescription glasses for
emergency use only, such as driving, or for whatever might be
important. Then wear the glasses as little as possible otherwise. Stop
all unnecessary close work. What close work one thinks he has to do,
should be done without glasses if possible, under good incandescent
light, looking up and away often. If the ease is so severe that one
cannot do close work without glasses, he should have special half-power
glasses for close work, or bifocals. From then on, do not change the
glasses, unless the power of the lenses can be reduced. Be checked for
that every one or two years.

This is not a solicitation of patronage. It is intended to help those
who care to help themselves. However, there are corrective measures for
the already severe advanced cases that may need help. This could only
be done in person, and after an eye examination under the proper theory
and method. But even such severe advanced cases can help themselves
somewhat by quitting their bad eye habits and deliberately discarding
their glasses permanently, even without correct measures.

This is a WARNING against myopic glasses for children and young people.
There is nothing in the healing art that could look so right and be so
wrong as myopic glasses for them. They are the ones who must pay the
penalty, as they grow older, for what was done for them when they were
younger. Innocent and unsuspecting as they are, they will wear any
glasses that are put on them, with never a complaint as to whether the
glasses are fitted right or wrong. Real refractive eye trouble begins
then and there.

If all concerned with the eyes of children and young people would heed
the warning given herein there would be no new cases of myopia, and
therefore no glasses to be worn. Cases already stricken could be
improved or cured. Symptoms of pains, strains, and headaches would be
no more. All would have better eyes through life. Loyalty to the old
tradition of glasses for the masses will not save the eyes of the
present and future generations. No one has ever had to prove, or ever
could prove, that myopic glasses save the eyes of children and young
people. I should not have to prove further that they do not. If what I
have had to say is not enough proof, then there is no hope for their
eyes.

Most cases that do what is called for herein will notice and admit
improvement or cure. However, there are some who will hold back. Due to
their loyalty to the old tradition, to save face and not be proven
wrong for having worn glasses, they will insist that they notice no
improvement in seeing or feeling better. In fact, some will declare
that their eyes have grown worse. They love their glasses, and what
they think glasses do for them, for secret reasons of their own. Such
unfair opposition makes it hard to prove to the world that glasses do
not save eyes; that eyes never get better with glasses; that eyes do
not even stay the same with glasses; that all eyes grow worse with
glasses; that all eyes would be better off, in the long run, if they
had never put on their first pair of glasses. Such is the law of optics
and eyes, whether we like it or not. Time will prove it to be true. No
one can defy the law of optics and eyes and get away with it.

It took a Civil War to free the slaves of the South. It will almost
take a war, or at least legislation, to free children and young people
from becoming slaves to glasses. This is the only way I know to try to
arouse parents to turn against glasses for the masses of children and
young people. They may have refractive eye troubles that they brought
on themselves unknowingly and innocently, but glasses are only a poor
makeshift remedy. They need more than glasses can ever do for them.
This is about all I can do, at this time, until parents do their part.
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