THE STORY OF MY EYES. There are various other exercise and a very important method of relaxation which are used and which are some what difficult to describe. Perhaps it would be a mistake to give all the details in this place because readers might be induced to try these methods on themselves. That would be very inadvisable and possibly dangerous. No two cases are alike. Individual treatment is called for and expert guidance is needed. Otherwise there may be dangerous results.


A PATENT who has been given glasses for short-sightedness or some other visual fault often asks the oculist: “Is it really necessary to wear glasses which I dislike intensely? Is it not possible to strengthen the eyes in some way or other?” As a rule he will be told: “Your eyes cannot get stronger but only weaker, and you will require stronger glasses every few years.” If the same patient should visit the oculist and complain that one of his eye had been knocked out and that the remaining eye has a poor vision, he will, as a rule, be comforted with the words: “Never mind, the remaining eye will become stronger and will do the work of two.”

I have met many men who have lost one eye. In every case the remaining eye had greatly improved owing to the increased work it had to do. However, it is not necessary to have one eye taken out in order to improve the vision of the other. One can strengthen ones eyes by exercise. This important verity is unfortunately not known to oculists and opticians who only too often by means of unnecessary and ever-stronger glasses covert a slight and temporary weakness, of vision into a grave, permanent, and incurable defect, or worse.

Weaknesses and defects of vision are frequently due to faulty nutrition, constipation, auto-intoxication, anaemia, etc., which require not glasses but constitutional treatment. Visual defects are aggravated if the eyes are not sufficiently exercise, and glasses are merely crutches to the eyes. If insufficiently exercised eyes are given glasses to be worn permanently, the weakness will, of course, become permanent and it will indeed get worse from year to year and call for stronger and ever stronger glasses.

Our eyes are made on the principle of a telescope for use at varying distances. If a telescope is always used fully pulled out, the apparatus of adjustment will become stiff and unusable. Something similar is apt to happen with our eyes. If we always do close work, such as reading or needlework, the power of focusing at a distance becomes weakened through none-use.

If we do not use the muscles which move the eye, they become weakened, the circulation of blood throughout the eye is apt to suffer and the entire structure atrophies. Weakness of vision usually goes hand in hand with weakness of the eyes muscles. The new system of yes training gives exercises which strengthen not only the eye muscles, but the eyesight itself.

How extraordinarily even the poorest eyesight can be improved by the new treatment will be seen from the following letter which I have received:.

“DEAR SIR, I have read your article The Story of My Eyes, and am sure that you and your readers will be interested in my own story which is even more wonderful than yours.

When I was ten years old I found that I was unable to read the black board at school, large type posters in the streets and the numbers of buses. My mother was horrified. She took me to the numbers of buses. My mother was horrified. She took me to the Royal Westminister Ophthalmic Hospital. My eyes were carefully examined by r. Gimbett, R.R.C.S., I was given very strong glasses for short sight and I was told that I must always wear them. No hope was given of my ever being able to leave them off.

A year later I wished to enter high school. My eyes were again examined. The result was unexpected and frightening. I was told that I could not attend the local high school because my short- sightedness was too great. I wept with disappointment. Later on I heart of a class for very short-sighted children which was to be formed in a Clapton secondary school. It was the first of its kind and I joined it. By this time my eyes had become a great deal worse, although I always wore my glasses in accordance with instructions. At my new school paramount importance was given to my eyes. I was not allowed to read any books. In writing I had to use a black thick crayon and to write letters at least 12 inches high.

When the time for matriculation came, I found myself in great difficulties. As I was not allowed to read books, I found it very hard to keep up with the other children, especially in languages. Everything had to be committed to memory. Besides, all my studies had to take place in the daylight. I was not allowed to use my eyes in artificial light. The treatment was considered a success. My eyes had not deteriorated during five years. I passed my examination. I did not wish to stay at school any longer as the study of my beloved botany was closed to me, for I had been strictly forbidden to use a microscope.

J. Ellis Barker
James Ellis Barker 1870 – 1948 was a Jewish German lay homeopath, born in Cologne in Germany. He settled in Britain to become the editor of The Homeopathic World in 1931 (which he later renamed as Heal Thyself) for sixteen years, and he wrote a great deal about homeopathy during this time.

James Ellis Barker wrote a very large number of books, both under the name James Ellis Barker and under his real German name Otto Julius Eltzbacher, The Truth about Homœopathy; Rough Notes on Remedies with William Murray; Chronic Constipation; The Story of My Eyes; Miracles Of Healing and How They are Done; Good Health and Happiness; New Lives for Old: How to Cure the Incurable; My Testament of Healing; Cancer, the Surgeon and the Researcher; Cancer, how it is Caused, how it Can be Prevented with a foreward by William Arbuthnot Lane; Cancer and the Black Man etc.