Ophthalmologist William H. Bates works with, trains Optometrist Dr. Harold M. Peppard

Dr. Harold M. Peppard was trained as a Bates Method Teacher by Ophthalmologist William H. Bates. He worked with Dr. Bates and Dr. Bates wife, assistant Emily A. Bates (maiden name; Emily C. Lierman) for many years. Dr. Peppard developed his own practice. After Dr. Bates Death in 1931, Dr. Peppard and Emily A. Bates worked together in New York City.., continuing Dr. Bates work, method, teaching Natural Eyesight Improvement.

Announcement by Dr. Bates and an article by Dr. Peppard in Dr. Bates’ Better Eyesight Magazine ;

Better Eyesight
May, 1927

Dr. H.M. Peppard, of 71 Park Avenue, is a representative of Dr. Bates and is qualified to improve or cure imperfect sight by the Bates Method. Office hours – 9:30 to 6:00 Telephone Caledonia 4694

Hypermetropic Astigmatism
By Dr. H. M. Peppard

Last fall a young man presented himself to me for examination complaining of headache, nervousness, insomnia and eyestrain. He had previously had a nervous breakdown and said he felt as if he were going to have another. This statement was apparently correct if general appearances can be considered as an indication. The eyes were bulging with a dry, glassy appearance and the upper lid markedly retracted.
The eye examination revealed a very hard eyeball with 1.25 diopters of hyperopia with 2.50 diopters of astigmatism with the axis 180°. Glasses had been worn but gave little relief. The visual acuity was 20/50 for both eyes and the same in each eye.

Treatment by the Bates Method was started on August fourth. Palming, swinging, blinking, flashing and reading of diamond type was used. The flashing was especially beneficial.
On August 27th, the eyes were again tested. Visual acuity was 20/15 for both eyes, 20/15 in the right, and 20/20 in the left. The hyperopia or farsightedness was not present and the astigmatism was decreased to 1.00 diopter. A few more treatments relieved the remainder of the astigmatism and the vision improved to 20/15 in each eye.
With the improvement in vision, the general symptoms cleared up. He became able to sleep, was free from headaches and was not so nervous.
The eyes felt comfortable and his entire facial expression was changed from the relaxation around the eyes. The eyes no longer were starey, but bright and moist and the blinking frequent and easy. Six months later the eyes were in perfect condition and the patient no longer feared a nervous breakdown.

A list of all teachers, past to present will be posted here. William Horatio Bates, Emily C. A. Lierman-Bates, Bernarr MacFadden, William B. MacCracken, Ruiz Arnau, Clara Hackett, Margaret Corbett, Aldous Huxley…


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