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Natural Eyesight Books

Printed books:
Natural Eyesight Improvement Books 
Vision Related Books
Breathing Development Books
Vision Books in Other Languages

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E-books on Eyesight Improvement

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Eyesight Improvement Books

There are many books available about eyesight improvement, some are better than others.  The following is a list of books that I like, starting with my own books and followed by my favorites.
Just because a book appears in this list does not mean I agree with all of its contents. Many books perpetuate common misunderstandings about the Bates Method, such as providing a variety of eye exercises, or promoting 'sketching' as a way of creating motion for the eyes and head. Both sketching and eye exercises tend to create more eyestrain, not less, so if you come across things that don't feel right to you, don't do them... Dr. Bates never promoted such strained practices and I recommend you avoid them too.

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Read without Glasses at Any Age book Read Without Glasses at Any Age 
The Natural Method to Near Vision Clarity. 
by Esther Joy van der Werf. 
Foreword by Ray Gottlieb, O.D., Ph.D.
(2013) ISBN 978-1-935894-08-7

Paperback, 170 pages, US$21.95 
Click here for more informatio and to read the book reviews!

Add $4 shipping within USA.   Order by making a donation here and then send a quick email stating that you are ordering the Read without Glasses book.  
International orders please purchase the book from Amazon.com.

Read without Glasses is also available as an e-book! (for US$19.00)

Bates Method Nuggets book Bates Method Nuggets 
The Fundamentals of Natural Vision Improvement by William H. Bates, M.D. 
Compiled by Esther Joy van der Werf. 
(2010) ISBN 978-1-935894-00-1
(2013) ISBN 978-1-935894-13-1

The golden nuggets of the Bates Method are the essential keys to improving your vision naturally.  All vital aspects of good eyesight are covered in logical order.  Simple one-page steps help you make steady progress on your path to visual clarity.  These are all the 'page 2' gems published each month in Dr. Bates' Better Eyesight magazines.  You get the very best of Dr. Bates' writings from the ten years after he wrote his book!

Paperback, 128 pages, US$15.00 
Add $4 shipping within USA. Order by making a donation here.  
International orders please purchase the book from Amazon.com.

Bates Method Nuggets is also available as an e-book! (you save on postage)

Book Review by 'Marchnall' on Amazon:
"If you are looking for a book to give you an overview of the Bates method get this book. I read the book, Better Eyesight Without Glasses by Dr. William Bates and like this book waaaay better than that one. Bates Method Nuggets is much easier to read and it goes over a ton of the exercises."

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Perfect Sight Without Glasses 1920 book

Perfect Sight Without Glasses
by William H Bates, MD  (1920)
(Also known as The cure of imperfect sight by treatment without glasses)

Visions of Joy offers Dr. Bates' original 1920 book for free as an e-book! 
Download Perfect Sight Without Glasses now
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In 1943, 12 years after Bates' death, his book was republished in an abridged version called: Better Eyesight Without Glasses.  Much of the original text was edited out, and therefore it simply is not as good as the original.  
You can read my comparison of the various editions.

For Sale:  Would you like to own a rare copy of the original 1920 hardcover book Perfect Sight Without Glasses? - I currently have a few available. 
#1
is the maroon edition. The cover is somewhat worn with scuff marks and a minor crease in the back cover. The gold lettering is beautiful. The pages are unmarked, although they are a bit age-colored and a few have moisture lines. This book is in good condition. $75.
#2 has the green cover. It is in good condition. The cover is very slightly scuffed, with dulled lettering on the front and spine. The pages are very clean and crisp, except for a front blank page with small holes in it, but no text is affected. There is a previous owner's stamped name and address in the front. $70.
#3 has the green cover. The pages are unmarked, crisp and clean, with just a couple of small seller's stickers near the front. The cover is in good condition with slight scuff marks on the spine edges. The gold lettering is slightly faded. A very nice book! $90.
#4 has the green cover which may have been dropped once as the top edge has a slight dent and the back cover has a crease. The pages are clean and completely unmarked, with just an owner's name stamped on the inside cover pages. Nice book! $70.
#5
Another very nice copy of the green edition. Only an owners name neatly written in the front, unmarked clean pages throughout, slightly faded gold lettering on the cover, but in great condition overall. $80
.
Inquire if interested
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UNIQUE: I have a rare copy of the 1940 edition for sale. This was published by Emily Bates, see the comparison of editions for all the interesting details about this 1940 book. No dust-jacket, the gold lettering on the cover and spine is a little faded, there is a previous owner's name written in the front, but the book has clean and unmarked pages. It is in very good condition! $175 SOLD

Stories from the clinic book


Stories from the Clinic 
by Emily C. Lierman. (1926)
Written by Dr. Bates' assistant (and later his wife), this is another excellent book that vividly describes Emily's experiences in helping people regain perfect sight.  This book is also very useful for parents wanting to help their children.
It is out of print and very hard to find.  However, you can read it here!
 

Reprints by Dr. W.H. Bates

Reprints 
by W.H. Bates, M.D.
From the intro page: "The following are reprints from articles which appeared in the various medical journals from time to time. They explain the cause and cure of various defects with illustrations and instructions."
(published in 1922 / 1923 ?)
This paperback booklet contains 14 articles published by Dr. W.H. Bates and one by Dr. C.S. Price. It is out of print and the original is extremely rare.  However, you can buy Esther's collection of 30 of Dr. Bates' articles!

Better Eyesight book



Better Eyesight: The Complete Magazines of William H. Bates
edited by Thomas R Quackenbush.
(2001) ISBN 1-55643-351-4

Dr. Bates published his Better Eyesight magazines from 1919 to 1930, and those have been compiled into this one book. This is extremely interesting and inspiring material.
Note: This book does not contain the complete text of the magazines; a larege amount of editing was done.  To read the truly complete and unedited version, get the magazine collection below in PDF format.

Get the
unedited and truly complete collection of Better Eyesight magazines; Now available from Visions of Joy in searchable PDF format, for teachers and students who want it all!
Help yourself to better sight Help Yourself to Better Sight  
by Margaret Darst Corbett (1949, 1972 reprint)  
Margaret studied with Dr. Bates, and was an excellent natural vision teacher herself.  
To help master the Bates method, read all 3 of Corbett's books.
Quick Guide to Better Vision book Quick Guide to Better Vision
by Margaret Darst Corbett (1957, paperback)
My favorite of Margaret's three books, this book is really useful.

how to improve your eyesight How to Improve your Eyeshow to improve  your sight
by Margaret Darst Corbett (1938)
Margaret Corbett's first book (pictured on right).  
This first edition is hard to find.

How to Improve your Sight
 
(This is the 1953 revised edition, shown on left)

For Sale: 1 hardcover 1953 edition with dust-jacket,  $19
Better Vision Now Better Vision Now: Improve Your Sight with the Renowned Bates Method
by Clara Hackett with Lawrence Galton
(2006) ISBN 0-486-45253-0 
Relax and See from 1955 was out of print and extremely hard to find. It has been republished in this paperback format.  It remains one of the better books on vision improvement.  
It has been given a new title, but the content is unabridged.
Use your own Eyes book Use Your Own Eyes by W.B. MacCracken, MD. (1937)
Normal Sight without Glasses  (1945, this is a revised version of "Use your own eyes")
These are excellent books, but are rarely found in second hand bookstores.  The good news is that you can download "Use Your Own Eyes" here for FREE!  
sight without glasses Sight Without Glasses  
by Dr. Harold M Peppard (1936).  
Dr. Peppard studied with Dr. Bates himself and had a good understanding of the Bates Method.
For Sale:  Currently 3 hardcover editions available, no dust-jacket.  $10 each.

Relearning to See

Relearning to See: Improve Your Eyesight -- Naturally!
by Thomas R Quackenbush.
(1997) ISBN 1-55643-341-7

This is the book that got me started, it virtually is an encyclopedia (506 pages) on natural eyesight. Especially parts 3 and 4 will be useful for those new to NEI. Skip his advice on sketching and the nose-pencil.

For Sale:  A few paperback copies available, new, 40% off! $16.50 each.

Improve your child's eyesight naturally How to Improve Your Child's Eyesight Naturally: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide by Janet Goodrich, PhD
(2004) ISBN 0-89281-130-7
Old version: Help Your Child to Perfect Eyesight Without Glasses (1996) ISBN 0-89087-870-6

For those who want to help children improve their eyesight. Full of fun games.  (Also read Emily Lierman's book, Stories from the Clinic, see above.)

For Sale: 2 paperback copies available in very good condition, $20 each.
Also 1 copy of the old version available, $15.
Natural Vision Improvement Natural Vision Improvement
by Janet Goodrich, PhD
(1985) ISBN 0-89087-471-9

Wonderful book.  

For Sale:  1 used paperback copy available for $20
The Art of Seeing The Art of Seeing
by Aldous Huxley
(1942) ISBN 0-916870-48-0

Aldous Huxley was near blind when he learned about natural vision improvement. 
An easy to read, good book.
new techniques of vision improvement New Techniques of Vision Improvement
A unique synthesis of vision training techniques from William H. Bates and methods of deep emotional release rooted in the work of Wilhelm Reich.
by Charles R. Kelley  (1971) 

Charles Kelley learned how to improve his vision from Margaret Corbett.  He became a teacher of the Bates method and linked Bates work to Reich work.  Worth studying!
Here is a free download of this book.
More books by Charles Kelley are available from www.radix.org
your innate power

Your Innate Power
by Olive Lyle Brown (1967)

Olive Brown combines the Bates Method, Alexander Technique and Vittoz Method. An excellent and valuable book that you'll enjoy reading more than once!

Better sight without glasses Better Sight Without Glasses
by Harry Benjamin (1929)
improve your vision Improve Your Vision
by Martin Brofman (2004)
Your Inner Guide to Clearer Vision
Improve your eyesight Improve Your Eyesight
by Jonathan Barnes (1987)
a Guide to the Bates Method for Better Eyesight without Glasses
The Bates Method The Bates Method  
by Peter Mansfield (1992)  
Take off your glasses and see Take Off Your Glasses and See: A Mind/Body Approach to Expanding Your Eyesight and Insight
by Jacob Liberman, OD, PhD
(1995) ISBN 0-517-88604-9
Simply a 'must read'
improve your eyesight naturally Improve your Eyesight Naturally
by Leo Angart
(2005) ISBN 3-937553-08-8
eyebody Eyebody, The Art of Integrating Eye, Brain and Body
by Peter Grunwald
(2004) ISBN 1-877338-41-9
Nice book, combining Bates Method with Alexander Technique in Peter's own unique way.
Greater Vision book Greater Vision
by Marc Grossman, OD, LAc and Vinton McCabe, NVE 
(2001) ISBN 0-658-00643-6

This includes homeopathy, Chinese medicine, and the spiritual side of vision.  
Natural Eye Care Natural Eye Care: An Encyclopedia  
by Marc Grossman, OD, LAc, and Glen Swartwout, OD
(1999)  

Cataract Glaucoma prevention and cure

Cataract, glaucoma and other eye disorders; Prevention and cure with proven natural methods
by John H Tobe (1973)
Healing the Eye Healing the Eye the Natural Way: Alternate Medicine and Macular Degeneration
by Edward C. Kondrot, MD
(1999) ISBN 0-9672346-1-1

This book is aimed at people with Macular Degeneration, but it is also a resource about other diseases of the eye. It includes recommendations for a healthier lifestyle in several easy steps, and lists the best foods for your eyes.
Also: Microcurrent Stimulation: Miracle Eye Cure? by Edward C. Kondrot, MD. (2001) 

 

Have a look at our Bates Method e-books and vision articles.  
Some can be downloaded for free!

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Vision Related Books

Ligth Medicine of the Future Light: Medicine of the Future: How We Can Use It to Heal Ourselves NOW
by Jacob Liberman, OD, PhD
(1991) ISBN 1-879181-01-0

About syntonics, light color therapy, and the benefits of sunlight
sunlihgt could save your life Sunlight Could Save Your Life
by Zane R. Kime, MD, MS
(1980) ISBN 0-9604268-0-9

Dr. Kime gives the best explanation I've ever found on the effects of sunlight on our health. This book, along with John Ott's books, will give you a new appreciation for our sun!
Light Radiation and You

Light, Radiation, and You: How to Stay Healthy
by John Ott, ScD Hon
(1982) ISBN 0-8159-6121-9

John Ott discovered that health (and vision) problems arise when we don't get enough full spectrum light from the sun. Very interesting material.

Health and Light Health and Light: The Effects of Natural and Artificial Light on Man and Other Living Things
by John Ott, ScD Hon
(1973) ISBN 0-671-47433-2
This timeless book takes the mystery out of UV rays and makes sense of the contradictory messages which abound in the media today about whether or not sunlight is good for you. Includes examples of people healing eye problems such as Grave's disease.

For Sale:  1 paperback copy available.  Used.  $8
Exploring the Spectrum video

Exploring the spectrum (DVD)

This video shows the work done by John Ott; his time-lapse photography and his discoveries of how sunlight affects the health of plants as well as humans.
A must see!!! Highly educational.
Here is an 8 minute preview on youtube.

the healing sun

The Healing Sun
by Richard Hobday
(1999) ISBN 1 899171 97 5
This book is about Sunlight and Health.  I met Richard Hobday at a Bates Method conference in London, and really like his work.  Richard brings the work of John Ott and Zane Kime into the 21st century.

the light revolution

The Light Revolution
by Richard Hobday
(2006) ISBN 978 1 84409 087 7
About Health Architecture and the Sun; an important topic that is well worth your time.

Brain Gym

Brain Gym (Teachers Edition: Revised)
by Paul E Dennison and Gail E Dennison
(1992) ISBN 0942143051

Great material for dyslexic people.
Also check Paul's books Switching on: The Whole Brain Answer to Dyslexia and Vision Gym: Playful Movements for Natural Seeing

the body has its reasons

The Body has its Reasons
by Therese Bertherat and Carol Bernstein
(1977) ISBN 0 394 41134 X

A book about increasing body awareness and improving posture without 'exercises'!  Although learning practical skills is best done in person rather than from a book, this book will certainly point you in the right direction.  It is based on the Mezieres method, which combines very well with the Alexander Technique and/or Feldenkrais work.
This method can be a major aid to clearing your vision, as you learn how to recognize and release chronic tensions in your entire body.  

The End of Diabetes
by Joel Fuhrman
(2014) ISBN 978-0062219985

For healthy eyes, a healthy diet is extremely helpful. Those with diabetes know how diet can negatively affect their sight. This book may help you find the answers you need to change this problem around. My best friend Bonnie switched to Dr. Fuhrman's 'Eat to Live' diet and overcame her diabetes within two months. No more insulin! Her doctor declared her to no longer be diabetic. Wow! Your body and eyes deserve this chance too...


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Breathing Development Books

Secrets of Optimal Natural Breathing

Secrets of Optimal Natural Breathing
by Michael Grant White
(2003) ISBN 1-883417-38-4, available from The Breathing Store

The art and science of improved respiration without drugs or surgery. Valuable information.

Free Your Breath Free Your Life Free Your Breath, Free Your Life: How Conscious Breathing Can Relieve Stress, Increase Vitality, and Help You Live More Fully
by Dennis Lewis (authentic-breathing.com)
(2004) ISBN 1-59030-133-1

How conscious breathing can relieve stress, increase vitality, and help you live more fully. Great little book, lots of exercises to get you started. Dennis also wrote The Tao of Natural Breathing
Ways to Better Breathing Ways to Better Breathing
by Carola Speads
(1978/1992) ISBN 0-89281-397-0
Breathe Well Be Well Breathe Well, Be Well: A Program to Relieve Stress, Anxiety, Asthma, Hypertension, Migraine, and Other Disorders for Better Health
by Robert Fried, PhD
(1999) ISBN 0-471-32436-1

Bob is a professor of Biopsychology and an expert on breathing physiology. He is Director of the Stress and Biofeedback Clinic of the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in New York City. His book answers many questions about the science of breathing.
perceptible breath The Perceptible Breath - A Breathing Science
by Ilse Middendorf  (1990)
Dr Breath Dr. Breath: The Story of Breathing Coordination
by Carl Stough  (1970)
No longer in print, some (usually expensive) hardback copies are available second hand.   
It's definitely an inspirational story, yet it does not provide much practical information.  

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Vision books, other languages

nederlandse vlag  Kijk op de Nederlandstalige boeken lijst.
italian flag Various Bates Method books in Italian can be found here: macrolibrarsi.it

My own book Read Without Glasses at Any Age has been translated into Italian:
Leggere Senza Occhiali.
It is available
from Amazon.com or Amazon.it

Translations of books by:
DR. WILLIAM H. BATES
- Perfect Sight Without Glasses
(1920) and/or the 1943 version Better Eyesight Without Glasses has been translated into many languages and is probably available in most countries.

 MARGARET DARST CORBETT:
-  Vea mas sin anteojos
,  (1990, translation of Quick Guide To Better Vision)
Curacion de la Vista, (1990)
Yoga des yeux (1979)
-  Besser Sehen, Selbsthilfe gegen Sehfehler
, (translated by Femina von Werz, 1955, 1999)
Augentraining,  (Help Yourself to Better Sight, translated by Femina von Werz, 1973)
-  Vedere meglio senza occhiali

JANET GOODRICH
- Spielend besser sehen fuer Kinder
- Bien Voir sans Lunettes (ISBN 9782904082399)

LEO ANGART
Vergiss deine Brille (Translation of Improve your Eyesight Naturally)
Gesund am Computer (2005)

More titles to follow.  Suggestions of natural vision books to add to this list are welcome!

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