A similar case is that of a young lady aged eighteen, highly strung and hysterical, who had worn glasses for three years and was suffering from severe headaches. On looking at the glasses we found this young patient was wearing prisms. She had marked astigmatism caused by imbalance of the outer muscles of the eyeball. Her distance vision was much below normal: this was due to the astigmatism caused by the muscular trouble.
Besides these constitutional remedies should be employed, such as Sulphur if the patient has sulphur symptoms. One of the building up medicines, such as Calcarea carbonica or Calcarea phosphorica will be needed if the patient is of the Calcarea type. Ferrum phosphoricum is excellent, not only as a tonic and bloodmaking medicine, but also for reducing inflammation and congestion of the head and the eyes, etc.
This patient was suffering from muscular imbalance. When she tried to focus on any given point, near or far, there was a distinct oscillation in one or other eye, depending on which eye happened to be trying to focus at the moment. She needed much persuasion to take up a new treatment as she had always been given to understand that her condition was incurable, but to please a friend she agreed to consult us.
The above cases quoted are only a few of the innumerable sufferers who have been cured in a similar way. The explanation will prove the possibilities of the preservation of the eyesight and the advantages of the treatment, as against the use of glasses for defective vision.
A clergyman came to see us one day, a fine, well-set-up man, full of vitality and good humour. One thing alone marred his genial countenance a pair of red and inflamed eyes. He was about fifty-six years of age and had worn glasses for fifteen years. He could not see to read without his glasses, neither could he see his congregation from the pulpit. He had several pairs of glasses, but none of them gave him eye comfort.
The oculist and optician do very useful work, but far more important than these, are the few individuals who have studied the science of preservation of sight and of the recreation of sight by natural means, by the use of appropriate exercises, rest and various other means, which would be leading us too far to describe at the moment, but which will be dealt with in due course.
EYE-STRAIN. IF a patient suffering from some visual complaint goes to the oculist or optician, the eye is carefully examined in the usually way and then glasses are prescribed which are devised to normalize the sight as far as possible,m and the individual is satisfied if he is able to see what he wishes to see either from a distance or nearby.