fact that poor vision can often be cured without glasses or surgery
was discovered in the late 1890s by Dr. William H. Bates, an ophthalmologist
from New York. The techniques
Dr. Bates developed to naturally cure many eyesight problems became
known as the "Bates Method."
He published his techniques in the 1920 book Perfect
Sight Without Glasses (available for free from Visions of Joy),
and he successfully used his method in hospitals, in his own clinic,
as well as in various schools.
After Dr. Bates' death in 1931 it became harder to obtain Dr. Bates'
original writings and guidance, including Better
Eyesight, the monthly magazine he published for 11 years that
clarified his method and recorded its results and advances.
New generations of practitioners of the Bates Method relied
on second generation and/or edited sources of Dr. Bates' teachings
that had lost essential elements of his approach.
Bates used the holistic approach to cure vision problems.
He taught people with poor vision how to release the strain from
their eyes and mind thereby improving or perfecting their vision.
At its core, the method consists of applying relaxed vision habits
all day long; it's not a regimen of eye exercises.
While eye exercises are beneficial in some cases, they are not an
effective way to overcome the eyestrain that leads to poor vision.
followed Dr. Bates' method and found they were able to quickly and
easily improve their vision by following this eye-surgeon's advice. The
intent of this book is to acquaint more people with this original material
and to spread this knowledge again to those who need it most, whether
teacher or student of the method.
following pages are copied from the original Better
Eyesight magazines that Dr. Bates published from 1919 to 1930.
Most of the articles were written by Dr. Bates himself; the
remainder by his wife Emily Lierman-Bates, his assistant for many years,
and a variety of contributors to the magazine.
Regardless of the author, all of these articles accurately reflect
Dr. Bates' theories and methodology, his practical advice, and many case
histories illustrating and proving the Bates Method's effectiveness with
improving vision naturally.
Converting the content of 11 years worth of Better
Eyesight magazine into typed text has kept me busy for many
months, and proved to be an education for me personally.
I'm pleased to now present it to you.
It is the first time that this original information has been
assembled in one searchable e-book.
people can use this information to improve their vision on their
own. Others may prefer
the guidance of a Bates practitioner.
How to find a qualified Bates practitioner?
Look for someone who has thoroughly studied Dr. Bates' teachings
and used this learning to improve their own vision.
Also, take heart in the story of Emily (Better
Eyesight, August 1919 edition), a young schoolgirl who, after
regaining clear vision herself, applied her basic knowledge of the
Bates Method to correct the serious vision problems of four of her
classmates. With her
innocence and total faith in the method, Emily proved that anyone
can master, apply and then successfully teach the essential principles
of natural vision.
personally experienced the immense joy of regaining clear vision, I trust
that anyone who reads and studies this collection will also benefit
greatly from this knowledge. I
sincerely hope that you, too, will take the responsibility to educate
yourself in the relaxed use of the eyes and mind.
If you do, you may change your vision, as well as your life.
Thank you for your interest in this wonderful field of natural vision
education. I welcome
your comments and look forward to hearing of your experience with
the application of the Bates Method.
Enjoy Your Path To Clarity!
Joy van der Werf
California, March 2008