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May 1980

Eye Power

Arch Ophthalmol. 1980;98(5):938. doi:10.1001/archopht.1980.01020030932035

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Written as the "first report on visual training, the dramatic new optometric technique that can improve self-awareness, vitality, and mental efficiency," this book takes the controversial and questionable technique of visual training (training optometry) several steps beyond reason and scientific validity into the realm of "total body" health. Through personal case reports and testimonies, we read that not only can this new "radical" technique improve eye function, but it can also effect startling bodily changes such as improvement in posture, appetite, back pain, bone alignment, energy, memory, concentration, and mental efficiency; reduction in weight, stress, and tension cramps; and added inches to height and bustline, to mention a few.

A course of eye-training therapy apparently consists of multiple sessions lasting an hour and usually includes three exercises: walking on an eight-foot balancing rail while wearing (in rotation) four different pairs of "push-pull" glasses; tracking a small steel ball on the

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