The Bates System

Dr William H. Bates, M. D. founded the Bates System of natural vision improvement in the early part of this century.

From his observations of patients who wear glasses, he concluded that vision can be improved through self-healing processes. Poor eyesight is caused by the strain to see. The way to better eyesight is through relaxation of both mind and body.

The basic of bates system outlined below will help To understand the system better, the basic :

The Basic of Bates System

1. As Bates proved, the eye is not fixed but is always changing shape to accommodate from near to far vision. The eye, which has perfect sight, is relaxed when it is focused for far and near vision. If you do not have clear sight your eyes may be straining whether you are wearing glasses or not.

2. The brain works in conjunction with the eye, giving feedback that helps the eye bring things into clear focus.

3. The Bates System believes that glasses mask the sight problem. The glasses make things appear clear so the eye no longer needs to accommodate to the degree that it once did to focus clearly. Coordination and flexibility of the muscles of the eye may decline if the muscles are no longer required to work as hard to see clearly.

4. In the Bates System, eye Exercises are used to help the eye to gain coordination and become more flexible again. There are relaxation exercises and accommodation (adjusting near to far) exercises.

5. In order to regain vision fitness, you need to relearn to see without glasses. However, it is not usually possible function without lenses completely if you have been relying on them for years and need them to drive or work safely. Start by using them only when you need them. Work towards relaxed seeing and being able to function at some tasks without glasses, so that you begin to rely on your glasses less. You can use an old pair of glasses, with a weaker correction, as an interim step.

6. Develop an active interest in seeing clearly and you will begin to notice that even glasses distort things to some degree.

7. Balancing your day between using near and far vision is important. To remain flexible, the eye needs exercise in both areas.

8. Remember to give your eyes breaks from constant close work.

9. Blinking helps the eye change focus and lubricates the eye. Blinking and continually changing focus helps the eye to relax. Staring puts a strain on the eyes. Try to develop the same movements of healthy eyes, blinking and changing focus often.

10. Don't wear distance glasses while reading. Wear reading glasses' only for close work. When your eyes read through distance glasses, your eyes must elongate an additional amount to accommodate for the strength of the prescription. When you focus far in reading glasses, your eyes must shorten an additional amount to accommodate for the lenses.

11. Get out of the habit of wearing sunglasses unless you are in the bright sun or are subject to reflected glare, as off snow or water. Sunglasses can make your eyes more sensitive to light. Your eyes will gain flexibility in adapting to bright days.

12. Use the eye chart every day, preferably in the morning, to establish a baseline and monitor your progress or regression. No matter how long you have worn glasses or how strong your prescription, you can improve your vision.

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