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March 1977

Seeing Yourself See, Eye Exercises for Total Vision

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(3):528. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450030170033

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I see this book as addressed to the patient by a sanguine and pleasant young man who has made a recent personal study of eye exercises. Although he tends to think of eye exercises as "aesthetic experiences" in the context of transcendental meditation and navel contemplation, he has managed to stay reasonably sane while stirring this enormous pot of hokum. He deals with Aldous Huxley and Bates, with hatha yoga, and with how Chinese embroidery workers avoid accommodative spasms after all that close work (they press with thumb and forefinger on their fu jing ming points).

Throughout the book, the reader is urged periodically to relax and to palm his eyes with warm hands (a la Bates). This is, I suppose, so that the neophyte will not give himself a headache from an overdose of eye consciousness.

This book could be useful to the ophthalmologist because it explains things to

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