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William H. Bates, M.D.
The New York ophthalmologist who taught people to throw away their glasses and see with their eyes. A graduate of the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1885, he began a traditional career and was held in high esteem by his peers until his discoveries led him to reject the old theories and teach thousands of patients how to cure themselves of their vision ailments.
Emily Lierman / Emily Bates
She was a patient of Dr. Bates’s while he was still doing experimental work and developing his methods. She eliminated her myopia by his methods, and thereafter was his assistant in experimental work and later took part of the constant flow of Dr. Bates’s patients at the clinic. She and Dr. Bates eventually married.
Raymond L. Gottlieb, O.D., Ph.D., FCOVD, FCSOA 1964 graduate of the University of California School of Optometry. He received his Ph.D. from the Humanistic Psychology Institute in 1978. He cured his myopia in 1970 and continues to avoid presbyopia.
William B. MacCracken, M.D.
A physician who practiced in Berkeley, CA. After finding out about the Bates Method, he obtained training directly from Dr. Bates and taught the Bates Method to patients with all sorts of eye and vision problems. He got referrals from ophthalmologists who were unable to help their patients.
A Bates method teacher in the UK who was taught by Cecil Price, who received training from Dr. Bates.