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About the Author

Jonathan Barnes’ own poor eyesight, combined with his biologist’s curiosity and his frustration at previously published accounts of the Bates method, caused him to write this book.
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Product Details

  • Series: Guide to the Bates Method for Better Eyesight Without Glasse
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press; New edition edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285635085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285635081
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Author cured his near-sight (myopia, distant vision) by studying, applying the Bates Method of Natural Eyesight Improvement. He teaches the original Bates Method and some new, modern practices that Bates Teachers have created, tested, practiced successfully through the years from Dr. Bates time to present.
He simplifies the method to make it easy to learn, practice, incorporate into your daily routine.

Eyecharts, palming, sunning, how the eye works and functions with the mind. Many interesting subjects, activities to gain clear vision.
Fun, easy to read, even the scientific parts are written professionally but for all to understand. This is a small book while covering all of Dr. Bates practices.

Favorite part of the book is how he explains different types of eye 'shifting', a main Bates method practice, normal eye function. This function is imitated, practiced to return the eyes, brain/visual system's normal, natural shifting and other perfect movements. Tracking, searching, scanning, healthy high frequency tremor of the eyeball, saccades are some of the eye shifts explained. This new way of thinking about, teaching shifting improves my understanding and ease of the practice!

He talks about the eyes fovea (back center of the macula-retina) and how the eyes shift to move the center of the eyes fovea (actually the central fovea 'foveola', visual axis. It produces the true exact central field, most clearest area of the visual field, much clearer than 20/20) from object to object, part to part, point to point on a object to produce perfect clear eyesight.

I like the dominos drills and the variety of eyecharts. The number chart with identical copies in reduction of the chart on left, right sides of the large chart.
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Last Mohican on March 7, 2002
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Occasionally, someone who has experience improving their eyesight with the Bates Method writes a book to help clarify things for others. The Bates Method is comprised of many subtleties that just about everyone misses at first (and some people never get it). Many people who claim to understand it don't, so it's always refreshing to read a book by someone who knows what he's talking about, and this book is no exception.
One unique offering is his explaining how there are two ways for the brain to block the visual process. One is to interfere with the mechanics of vision, by altering the eye shape with the extrinsic muscles, preventing proper blinking and shifting, and encouraging disease that impairs vision. The other way is what Barnes refers to as altering the consistency of the barrier between the subconscious and conscious mind. The first type of blocking (mechanical) tends to be more easily overcome than the second. The second is purely mental, when there is clear information that has made it through the visual system but it isn't recognized for what it is. So there are times when the eyes are working in an improved manner, but their signals are prevented from passing through the barrier (from the subconscious to conscious mind).
That actually just summarizes one page, and the rest of the book is relatively simple. But if you're new to the Bates Method, read this text slowly, as you are going to miss important principles he slips in if you aren't careful.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Francisca on February 28, 2011
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I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in improving eye sight in a natural way. I have read quite a a few books so far and this is one of the best. Great exercises, easy to follow, aimed at normal people who are not professionals!
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This short book (96 pages) was much easier to read than the original Bates Method. The educational information in how the eye works was just right - not too much and not too little. Also info on why we humans are prone to visual acuity, and why prescription glasses are not necessarily the best answer, at least not for healthy people without any type of eye disease was helpful.

I'm only about 1/2 through with the book but already the techniques I've used have make a big difference, reducing my need or desire for sunglasses and making colors at night startlingly brighter and my far vision has returned to normal, so I can drive without glasses. Can't wait to use the other techniques and see if I can also improve my presbyopia (elderly eye far-sightedness).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kiara Alexander on September 10, 2014
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A nice, concise summary to the Bates Method in a simple-to-understand format. I much prefer this over Janet Goodrich's Natural Vision Improvement. Some of the exercises may seem challenging, but with practice, they become easier and habitual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Writer on March 21, 2013
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This is an easy to follow guide to improving your eyesight.
Time tested, based on the Bates Method for Better Eyesight.
It works.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janny on July 21, 2014
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It's difficult to do the exercise page turning and wondering if you're doing them correctly. The See Clearly Method works well.
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