How To Avoid Nearsightedness
A Scientific Study of the Eye's Behavior
by Otis S. Brown

December 25, 2001

Dear I SEE,

For the next two years* I have agreed to support the publication on www.I-SEE.org of excerpts of my book, "How to Avoid Nearsightedness".

The excerpts are:

The basis of this work developed from a desire to clarify and accurately portray the facts known about the behavior of the eye. So many contradictory statements were made to me about the eye that I wondered if it was possible to develop a coherent understanding of the normal eye's behavior.

I have simplified the concept of the eye's behavior in order to gain clarity of understanding. I have systematically used the term "focal state" to remove the bias that concerns misunderstandings we might develop about the fundamental behavior of the natural eye.

I believe that the objective statements made in this book about the dynamic behavior of the eye are strongly supported by direct experimental data.

This book has been prepared so that you can have the right we all should have. That is the right of choice -- to choose between two mutually exclusive techniques for dealing with a negative focal state of the fundamental eye.

If you develop your own understanding of the eye's behavior, (based on direct experimental data) and have a focal state of -1/2 diopter (20/30 to 20/70), you will have an excellent probability of clearing your distant vision to +1/2 diopter and 20/20 vision.

A Note on the Web Edition

For the web edition of this book, typos have been corrected where found. Also, Chapter XI now contains an additional letter from a woman who, after giving her daughter a more positive visual environment, watched her daughter's nearsightedness reduce by four diopters, as verified by having her daughter read the Snellen eye chart.

The Book's Development

I developed my book, "How to Avoid Nearsightedness", subtitled "A Scientific Study of the Normal Eye's Behavior", with the expectation that would-be pilots have a right to be informed about a feasible alternative to nearsightedness. It has been extremely difficult to assemble the information contained in the book, and as a practical matter it is almost impossible to twist a person's arm to make effective use of the positive lens. The book makes clear the formidable problem one has if one mixes intellectual and experimental truth, with a public "health problem" and associated apathy. It is the health profession who deals with the consequences of public ignorance (and therefore apathy), however (and unfortunately) they tend to perpetuate the problem by failure to broach a discussion of this problem and the proper implementation of this potential solution.


Otis Brown

*Webmaster's note, July 5, 2009: Otis Brown has agreed to the continued posting of the original excerpts (Contents, Introduction, chapters 1, 2, 3, and 11) as well as the rest of the book (chapters 4 through 10) here until December 31, 2020.

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