THE eyes are the index to the character of the possessor. There are merry twinkling eyes, laughing, frank eyes; sad eyes, that betray the secret of a life that has not had all of the shadows kissed by the sunshine; sincere eyes, that tell of such purity of soul that the glance of the deceiver is turned aside or cast down in confusion; black eyes, brown eyes, gray eyes and blue. They are indeed the "windows of the soul." There are very few eyes that do not betray the secrets of the heart and the ills of the body, and because of this constant strain upon the nerves of the eyes they should receive more care and attention than any other part of the body, and probably they receive the least, until the nerves are too worn out to regain their strength, and glasses are resorted to as a necessity. By proper treatment the eyesight might have been preserved a long way into the "sere and yellow leaf" of age.
The eyes need a tonic at times the same as other parts of the human frame. An excellent one is to bathe the eyelids, over the ball of the eye, with brandy and water, or pure whisky diluted with water, being careful not to press upon the eye. Never rub the eyes, it flattens the eye-ball, and will cause dimness of sight. A delightful bath for the eyes is to dip the face into cold water upon rising in the morning, with the eyes wide open. It is slightly disagreeable at first, but by the third trial the sensation is refreshing, and it is very strengthen ing, making the eyes clear and bright, and adding firmness to the surrounding skin, preventing "crow's feet," or causing them to disappear. It is claimed the South Sea Islanders preserve their eyesight by diving into the sea with eyes open. At any rate, glasses are an unheard of thing, and their sight is good in old age. Bathing the eyes in milk and water is very beneficial, particularly in cases of inflammation, giving almost instant relief. Sleeping apartments should be arranged so that light--sunlight or gaslight--can be excluded. It is injurious to the sight to sleep where any kind of a bright light can strike the face.
Even moonlight is said to "draw the face out of shape," as most of us have heard since childhood.