Panic Distorts Eyesight
Dr. Samuel J. Harris, president of the New England Association for Physical Therapeutics, declared recently that one of the causes for panic in buildings on fire is that excitement caused by the cry of “Fire” wilt cause a person with normal eyesight to because suddenly near sighted.
“Fear so distorts the vision that if a frightened man or woman were given an eye test he or she would be unable to see letters which were plainly visible under normal emotional conditions,” said the doctor.
“The startled nerves pull at the eyeball in such a way that they change the shape of the eye and the rays of light focus at the wrong point.”
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