The Improvement of Sight by Natural Methods. By Captain C. S. Price, M. B. E.
The ordinary medical practitioner and eye specialist has no treatment for defective vision part from glasses and operation. The eye drops and eye ointments used have little or no influence upon sight. Oculists tell their patients that for defective vision glasses must be used to normalize vision, and they urge the adoption of glasses at the earliest opportunity. The ideal of the optician and oculists is to give glasses to all the inhabitants from the cradle to the grave. Yet eyesight can be greatly improved without glasses, which perpetuate the original fault.
Defective eyesight is frequently due to faulty nutrition, constipation, faulty use of the eyes, anaemia, nervousness, etc. Eyesight loses an eye, the remaining eye, as a rule, becomes strong enough to do the work of two. Weak eyes can be greatly strengthened by appropriate exercises, exactly as weak arms and legs. Spectacles are merely crutches to the eyes.
I speak feelingly because I was told five years ago by five of the leading Harley Street specialists that I had cataract on both eyes, that there was no treatment except operation, and that I should use distance glasses and reading glasses all the time. I wear glasses only exceptionally, for my sight is greatly improved by the able ministrations of an unorthodox eye practitioner of great ability.
Captain Price has written a valuable book of 232 pages, published at the moderate price of 5s. by Messrs. Chapman & Hall, and it is to be hoped that it will be read by numerous laymen and by oculists as well, whose mental vision has been narrowed by the prevailing teaching that people with visual or other eye defects cannot be treated except by glasses, operations etc.
Further and briefer treatises on the natural and logical treatment of eye defects and disorders are needed, and I hope that Captain Price, or some other able writer, will give us a brief and lucid treatise obtainable for six pence of shilling, which can be read and mastered in an hour or two.