Why Are Some Things Clearer Than Others?


A blurry/clear picture. You may find this article by Dr. Bates helpful in explaining inconsistent clarity you experience in different settings. For example, if you suspect your computer is a "pessimum" as described below, perhaps there is an opportunity for you to change your reactions to it and improve your sight.

Seeing Clarity within Blur

The Ability to See Some Agreeable Objects Clearly

Originally published in the book "Perfect Sight without Glasses"
by William H. Bates, in the chapter "O…

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Relax Your Vision In Five Minutes


Try This Right Now:
Relax Your Vision in 5 Minutes

The heart of the Bates Method is getting your frozen vision to move again, to replace staring with relaxed easy shifting of your attention. Your perfect-sighted friend does this naturally. Get a taste of how profound this difference can be:

Look at your computer monitor or another object you view often during the day. Notice if you are staring or “spacing out”.

Gently, easily let your visual attention shift every second. Look at very distinct…

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Instant Eyesight Cure For 55 Year Old Man


Although instant cures are rare, it is fascinating and probably helpful to be teased by them. Let this story into your imagination and see what your creative mind can absorb from it!

Dr. Bates and his patient are using memory and imagination as primary tools to accomplish this quick and permanent recovery of both distance and close vision. From the September 1919 issue of Better Eyesight Magazine. -gm

By William H. Bates, M. D.

Patients often ask how long it takes to …

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What The Bates Method Entails


Improve Your Sight Naturally
by Greg Marsh, Certified Natural Vision Teacher

Article from Health Central News, 11/1/05

Imagine going through your day seeing clearly without glasses or surgery. Many thousands of people have reduced their prescription or stopped wearing glasses altogether using natural methods. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and other conditions have been helped.

Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, was going blind and reading Braille when he met a “Bates Met…

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Can You Improve Your Sight?


Is Eyesight Really Off Limits for Healing?
By Greg Marsh, CNVT

Originally published in Halcyon Connection, Dec 2004

"Broken bones heal. Burns and cuts heal. Stomach aches get better. Are we to believe that eyesight, the most important sense perception we have, and one that has evolved over millions of years, is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself?" - From Relearning to See, by Thomas Quackenbush

I grew up thinking my extreme nearsightedness was genetic, that contact lenses…

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Breaking Medical Models


"Medically Impossible" Vision Improvement
Observed by Respected Scientists
By Greg Marsh, CNVT

This article originally appeared on

This story was amazing for two reasons. First, it reported vision improvement at middle age that was considered impossible by medical science. And second, it was refreshing to hear a great scientist rethink some of the observations and conclusions that had won him a Nobel Prize.

Dr. Susan Barry, a neuroscientist herself, was able to see with 3-D stereo…

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Stunning Improvements In Vision With Simple Postural Changes


Dr. Bates was on the constant lookout for simple and natural ways to improve the sight, and he often made suggestions about matters such as diet, posture, breathing, and spending time outdoors. This article from the Better Eyesight Magazines shows his admiration for the Greek ideal of balanced posture and movement.

Examples show the benefit of simple postural changes upon high nearsightedness, night blindness, and retinitis pigmentosa.

A Lesson From the Greeks
By William H. Bates, M.D.

The fa…

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A Child's Quick Success With Natural Vision Improvement


An inspiring story about a 10 year old girl showing the importance of faith, enthusiasm, imagination, and joy. Dr. Bates particularly emphasizes the power of imagination with centralization, imagining that one tiny part of an object is more clear. She "got it" about natural vision principles in an remarkably short time, and it completely stunningly changed her whole life.

From July 1922 Better Eyesight Magazine.

By William. H. Bates, M. D.

Just what, in simple words, is Ce…

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Holiday Fairies Steal Glasses!


George Guild wrote several stories for Dr. Bates' Better Eyesight Magazines. Each of his stories helps a person get away from stressed and linear thinking. Without any explanation, his stories conveyed visual relaxation and joy in moving and seeing, that is so essential to our clear eyesight. This delightful story has a holiday theme. The original title was "Christmas Fairies" -gm

Holiday Fairies Take Glasses
By George Guild

Yes, he was very unhappy. The rich man with all is wealth lived alone…

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Another Look Into Relaxation


Read this article for clues about the wonderful riddle of how to relax the mind and the vision. The author discovered on her own that speech problems were often related to vision problems. After she read Dr. Bates' book she was able to stop using bifocals herself, and made exciting new progress as a speech teacher. She trained with with Dr. Bates and realized the Bates Method was an incredibly effective way to attain relaxation. She also noted unprecedented joy and progress with her students. Th…

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