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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.

book: Perfect Sight Without Glasses

His original 1920 book. His findings after many years devoted to research and experimental work dealing with issues that conventional ophthalmology could not explain or would not acknowledge.

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.

book: Stories from the Clinic

This book summarizes some of the most interesting case histories of patients she had the opportunity to work with, including children and patients with disease conditions.

Raymond L. Gottlieb, O.D., Ph.D., FCOVD, FCSO

A 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.

The Psychophysiology of Nearsightedness

His 1978 Ph.D. dissertation. A psychophysiological model of myopia. How Dr. Bates’s discoveries should be given serious consideration by the eyecare community, how myopia is more flexible than is generally conceived, and more.

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.

book: Use Your Own Eyes

A wonderful book from the point of view of a medical doctor, containing a lot of original points. He goes over many things, including the nature of eyestrain, the psychology of glasses, how ophthalmology has consistently ignored what other sciences haven’t, and more. He describes many of the cases he’s worked with who have been benefited by the Bates Method.

Ethel Beswick

A Bates method teacher in the UK who was taught by Cecil Price, who received training from Dr. Bates.

book: Eyes: Their Use and Abuse

A book based on her twenty years of experience in teaching the Bates method. She describes in this small book the right way to use the eyes.