Where Does This Come From?
In the early 20th century, William H. Bates, M.D., an ophthalmologist (medical and eye doctor), began noticing that the vision of some patients would vary and that some would see better after not having worn their properly-prescribed glasses. Investigating the matter, he found that patients would see better after resting their eyes. Through many years of clinical and experimental work, he learned what things are restful to the eyes and cause the vision to actually improve, and what things cause vision to worsen and even cause further complications with the eyes. He learned that bad vision, of virtually any nature, function or organic, can be significantly improved and usually returned to normal.
These findings flew in the face of conventional wisdom, which was that myopia and other conditions were not reversible by any such means, and that the conditions could only be treated with glasses or surgery, or somewhat with drugs for certain conditions.
Nevertheless, he persisted. With the continued positive results with thousands of patients, and many others learning his methods and teaching people how to see clearly again, this approach to eye care became known as the Bates method.
The Bates Method Today
Over the last hundred years, many people have carried on Bates’s work. Some are eye doctors, but most are non-medical people who have taught the methods in an educational capacity. Many people teaching the method have adopted only certain pieces of Bates’s original methods and added other elements. You can find all sorts of vision improvement programs on the internet, each claimed to be the ultimate solution. Some are expensive, some are cheap, and some are free. There are also countless books written over the last hundred years on the subject, many long since out of print. Some programs and books present parts of the Bates method in a simplistic way, without context, and don’t represent real knowledge of the vision improvement process.
Traditional beliefs about the incurability of myopia and other conditions has persisted to this day. Millions of people have opted for such extremes as laser surgery for myopia.
The Methods Presented Here
David, the website owner, had observable vision problems as an infant and was prescribed glasses when he entered school at 5 years old. He eventually wore glasses with a -3.00/-2.50 prescription for myopia and slight astigmatism. He also had intermittent strabismus. He studied the subject of vision improvment, picking up things from reading Dr. Bates’s books and articles and other authors’ books, talking with many people who have partially or completely recovered their vision, attending workshops and lectures by vision improvement teachers and researchers, and observing how people with normal and low vision function. He improved his vision to be able to read 20/30 to 20/20 on the eye chart and rarely has episodes of strabismus anymore.
In 2002, David started this website as he began reading about the Bates method and other methods of vision improvement, to share his thoughts and share his collection of old articles and books on the subject. As he experimented with the methods he became convinced that Dr. Bates was basically right about most things. Vision improvement is an epidemic in modern society, and a totally avoidable one. The purpose of this website is to make clear vision a reality for as many people as possible.
David currently owns and operates an online store selling fitness equipment.
Our team of guest bloggers that write for this website includes vision improvement teachers and experienced enthusiasts who have either improved their vision or are blogging their progress as they experiment with the methods.