Spirals on Revolving Bike Wheel Exercise Weak Eyes (Sep, 1931)

Spirals on Revolving Bike Wheel Exercise Weak Eyes

DR. OTTO THOMPSON, an optometrist of Waukegan, “Illinois, in exercising and strengthening weakened eyes of patients, makes use of an old bicycle wheel covered with a dark cloth and marked with a spiral yellow line that ends at a colored “flasher.” The patient is instructed to look at the yellow line and, as the wheel turns clockwise, his gaze eventually reaches the flasher, whereupon the eye movements start all over again.

The treatment is based on the principle that eye muscles need exercise just like any other muscles of the body if they are to remain strong and one’s eyesight is to be at its best.

  1. slim says: April 26, 20108:54 am

    In the late 50’s, I developed astigmatism. My Mom took me to an Optometrist who put me on a series of eye exercises. After a while it became apparent that they weren’t doing any good. When you think about it, it’s kind of silly. Just during normal activity our eyes are constantly moving and refocusing. I wonder if they still do this.

  2. KD5ZS says: April 26, 20109:18 am

    I’m wondering if this device could cause hypnosis.

  3. Mike says: April 26, 20107:41 pm

    A few years back there was something called the “See Clearly Method” where they did exercises instead of glasses. It had lawsuits against it and eventually went out of business.

  4. StanFlouride says: April 26, 201011:46 pm

    “Relax and listen only to the sound of my voice… your eyes are feeling stronger… your eyes are feeling stronger… your eyes are feeling stronger… your eyes are feeling stronger… your eyes are feeling stronger…”

    “When I snap my fingers you will wake and if anyone asks you will say ‘My eyes will feel much stronger.'”

  5. Daniel Rutter says: April 27, 20101:44 am

    Yeah, eye exercises are just about perfectly worthless, at least for all common, “normal” vision problems. I think exercises were most popular before the invention of corrective lenses (which, yes, was rather a long time ago…), but the concept still just won’t die.

  6. Firebrand38 says: April 27, 20104:58 am

    Daniel Rutter: No you’d be wrong about that one. The Bates method was first written about in 1891 and was popularized by Aldous Huxley in 1939. Eyeglasses have been around a lot longer than that.

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