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Dr William Horatio Bates (December 23, 1860 – July 10, 1931) was a a Pioneering Opthomologist who practised mainly in New York in the late 19th and early 20th century and worked in a number of important teaching hospitals. He devoted much of his life to discovering, then showing others, how long sight, short sight and astigmatism could be prevented and improved in children and adults without the use of glasses. His method revolved around three key concepts - Central Fixation, Strain and Relaxation.

What Glasses Do to Us

The sins of Salvino degli Armati, reputed inventor of spectacles - How glasses harm the eyes - Sight never improved by them to normal - Always resented at first by the eye - Objects of vision distorted by them - Disagreeable sensations produced - Field of vision contracted - Difficulty of keeping the glass clean - Reflection of light from lenses annoying and dangerous - Inconvenience of glasses to physically active persons - Effect on personal appearance - No muscular strain relieved by them - Apparent benefits often due to mental suggestion - Fortunate that many patients refuse to wear them - At best an unsatisfactory substitute for normal sight.

About W.H. Bates MD - Pioneer of Vision

Brief Biography of William Horatio Bates MD

WilliamWilliam Horatio Bates, was born in Newark, NJ, on December 23rd, 1860. He was the son of Charles and Amelia.

He graduated from Cornell University in 1881 and In 1885 graduated with a medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York.

In 1883 he married Edith Kitchell of New York, and had a son, Halsey Bates. Edith died in 1886.

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