Bates Better Eyesight Without Glasses
Bates Cured his own 'Stone-Hard Presbyopia'
"In his 1920 book Better Eyesight Without Glasses, Dr. Bates writes about his own eyesight improvement. He had been told by various eye specialists that his lens was "as hard as a stone" and that "no one can do anything for you." But through studying his own case intensively, and finding a way to not strain his eyes when wanting to read, he regained an accommodative range of 14 inches. That is the ability to focus on objects between 4 and 18 inches from the eyes. With repeated practice, Bates was no longer suffering from presbyopic blur.
Dr. Bates went on to formulate a new set of theories about eyesight and he developed what later became known as 'the Bates Method' to help people improve their sight.
According to Dr. Bates, poor eyesight is caused primarily by three things:
1. Stress or mental strain, 2. Poor vision habits, and 3. Wearing glasses!
Vision Improvement Exercises
For eyes to look good, they must also function well. Visual impairment can be treated with exercises. When you notice the first signs of eye weakness or imbalance (one eye stronger than the other), begin doing some of the following exercises and you will never need to wear glasses. Are you already wearing glasses or contact lenses? Then wear them less frequently and try the exercises. You will soon find that your eyes will need a weaker correction lens. For the severely visually impaired, the exercises given here will be of great benefit. Even if the exercises may not cure the most severe visual handicaps, they will give improvement and help to delay or arrest further deterioration. For people who have no need for glasses, the exercises will ensure that it will stay that way. Let us begin with "palming".
Palming for Peace and Quiet
What is Palming?
Palming is excluding all light from your eyes to help them relax into a neutral, passive state. The idea is to cover your closed eyes with your hands without putting pressure on your eyeballs. Close the fingers as shown on the picture and place them on your forehead leaving the palms of your hands over each eye. Make sure no light gets through. Always begin and finish an eye exercise session with Palming.
For how long?
A few seconds or minutes until, breathing quietly, you see pure black. You will know when to stop when a deep in-breath makes you feel exhilarated.
How Does the Eye Work?
Balancing The Eyes
Sitting in a relaxed position, put your left hand on your closed left eye and just carry on reading. Notice if there is any difference between reading with one eye, the other eye or both. Having a weaker eye is, as they say, perfectly normal. Perfectly normal does not mean it is all right. A weak eye is like a visual limp. It means your strong eye is overloaded with work while the weak eye, relying on its stronger brother, becomes lazy.
Having found out if one eye is weaker than the other, continue reading with your weak eye until it becomes tiresome. You may find that it will become easier after it gets worse. Eyes are living organisms that can change and improve with encouraging exercise. Are you still reading with your weak eye? If not, go back a few times. Practice reading with the weak eye for an increasing length of time on a daily basis. Improvement is often instant as you will find out by working through the focusing exercises that follow.
There are two dots printed on the next line.
. _________________________________ .
Focus on the dot on the right while being aware that the other dot is there,
but appears blurred.
Now reverse: look at the left dot with the right one unsharp, out of focus. Repeat changing your focus from one dot to the other doing it faster and faster. The quicker the eyes are able to change focus, the sharper they will be. Now try the same thing with the dots closer
and closer still:
. _____ .
This simple focusing exercise can be done anywhere, at any time with any
two or more focal spots. Experiment with spots on posters in the bus or the underground, or on two moving leaves on a tree. With a little imagination, any background can serve as a focal exercise field. You can play around by changing the distance between your focal spots.
Text Focusing - Reading
Try reading the following sentences printed here in different point sizes.
Experimenting is Fun and Rewarding
Experiment with reading the above lines with both eyes together then with one eye at a time and find out at which point size, if any, your eyes become weak. Read the difficult line again with the strong eye. Memorize not the content of the sentence but the shapes of the letters as you are reading with the better eye. Now try again reading the same sentence with the bad eye. The memory obtained of the image with the strong eye will help the weak eye decipher the blur. You may not believe your own eye, but the weak eye learns to focus as sharply as the strong eye in this way.
When you get to a line that is not readable even with the strong eye, get a magnifying glass and look at the shape of the letters. Put the magnifying glass away and recall the meaning of the words to help you memorize and visualize the shapes of the letters. Now try reading the line again without the magnifying glass. The shapes of the letters in very small type will emerge. Repeat this until you get results, but only to a level of acceptable tolerance. As soon as you feel your eyes getting tired, cover them with the palm of your hands and relax to complete the exercise. Now, what about exploring the depth of focus your eyes are capable of?
Depth Focus - Zoom
Standing by the window chose a spot or mark on the window pane and focus upon it. Now without moving your eyes, find a focal point directly behind that mark, some distant object or point far away outside the window but aligned directly behind the spot on the window pane.
As in the previous exercises, the object here is to focus alternately between two chosen spots:
- A close-up spot and
- A distant spot located in the same area of your vision.
Like the zoom feature of a camera, tiny eye muscles are now working to make you focus alternatively between a close-up spot and a distant one to check the depth of your vision.
Here is a Tip
Once you have established which eye is weaker, you can work on that weak eye without spending any extra time. While you are at home alone or with your family cover up the strong eye with a pad and carry on with your normal, day to day activities. Covering up the strong eye will train the weaker eye to catch up a bit and give the overworked eye a good rest. Of course, when visitors arrive, make sure you take the pad off or they'll wonder what’s wrong with you.
Treat Your Self
Those who spend many hours at the computer need to find a way to de-stress the eyes. With all this new information and, hopefully, the practice you put in from now on to exercise your eyes for better eyesight without glasses, you deserve a treat. A good eye, head and temple massage can help you relax the eyes and the whole body. It gives great relief and helps to meditate all your worries away.
Well? What's the result?
Have you found which eye is weaker?
Get the Book
Bates Original Book
This article is only a brief introduction to the Bates Method for Better Eyesight Without Glasses. For more information and the full set of Bates eye exercises order the original book right here, right now. It is well worth getting the book to learn many more exercises. Once you are on a path to self-improving your eyesight, you will be able to practice almost anywhere, anytime, especially during dead time as in queuing up at the bank or post office.
Have fun with the eye exercises and let us know how you are getting on in the comments section below.
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