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The Bates Method for Better Eyesight Without Glasses Paperback – April 15, 1981


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; Revised edition (April 15, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805002413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805002416
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Within a couple of months I was reading without my spectacles and, what was better still, without strain and fatigue" Aldous Huxley. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dr. William H. Bates was a leading New York opthamologist, who edited Better Eyesight magazine and published The Cure of Imperfect Eyesight by Treatment without Glasses.

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197 of 201 people found the following review helpful By Scabby Babbage on August 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
This method works but it needs a lot of commitment. If you are able to throw away your lenses and keep to a program which requires an hour out of every day then go for it. However, if you need to wear your specs every day just to function - for driving, computer work etc - then you needn't waste your cash. This won't work for you. I once had a period in my life during which I didn't need to have my glasses on and I was able to practise every day. I gained such an improvement in my prescription that - when I returned to the eye-doctor - I was for the first time qualified to drive without glasses, and, though my eyesight is still not perfect, I have never worn spectacles since.
Expect immediate effects, which might seem quite dramatic. After that progress is slower. The four stars I gave this book is because it is the original. There are, however, better expositions of the method on the market.
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176 of 181 people found the following review helpful By Maxim Masiutin on December 11, 2004
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This is a very interesting book, it explains a lot of things related to the eyesight, but lacks clear prescriptions for the reader how to apply his method on practice. There are no easily heard or seen descriptions of the exercises that the individual should perform to improve the function of eye.

Nevertheless the book is incomplete perplexing a little bit, it has enough liveliness, humor, and variety.

If you are about to improve your eyesight, I would have recommended to read this book first to understand the framework, and then proceed to another books which are based on the Bates method but have sound explanations of what actually the patient have to do, e.g. "The natural way to better eyesight" by J.I. Rodale, "Conscious Seeing" by R. Kaplan, "How to improve your eyes" by M. D., Corbett, "Improve Your Vision Without Glasses or Contact Lenses" by S. M. Beresford, and so forth.
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113 of 118 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2000
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As I received information that "old age" vision is not natural and could be corrected I read a few books and Janet Goodrich's book was the best but I never could get into the exercises. Dr. Bate's book, which I assume was written before the 1930s is down to earth and relative simple. I am seeing a difference in just one week. I even finished the book without reading glasses! Some information never gets old.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Madhumala Madhavan on September 11, 2010
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I was around 15 years living in India at that time with a -5.0 diopters prescription in both eyes in 1978. My father had bought this book from the store in India-an Indian reprint of the same book. I was wearing soft contact lenses at that time because it could prevent further progression of myopia and for cosmetic reasons because I was young. I have read the book from cover to cover and did whatever simple exercises I could like reading the book without glasses or bouncing a ball and focusing the movement. The hope in it became really real in 1980 when I was accompanied by my parents to one of the centers in Southern India's Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry which was propagating the Bates technique. There were people coming there year after year to have their techniques reinforced AND removing glasses. The center was accepting voluntary donations to run it. In the floor of that house they had all the things that were needed and mentioned in Dr. Bates book. One had to spend about 1.5 hours there to use everything that was in the facility with instructors to help. Since Pondicherry was a city on the beach, many people took their vacations to come there. My own experience: within merely four days, I could read the very last line on the Snellen chart which was a -2.5 diopter reduction. On returning I had to change my contact lenses to the decreased refraction. However, if one does not maintain the exercises, we go back to our old habits of reading faultily by habit and it goes back to where we started again. The benefits are usually immediate and then it is known to plateau before coming down again. The easiest way to incorporate the technique is to play tennis or ping pong without glasses which I have also done and then rest the eyes.Read more ›
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82 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 1999
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I've used this method to pass a police eye exam before and it works. If your doctor said you had to wear a crutch forever because of a strain due to excessive and improper use of a muscle , you'd call him a quack. But most of us pay big bucks to get good vision and it's nothing more(in most cases) than a case of eye strain caused by poor vision habits. Your eye doctor won't tell you to use this book, because he gets paid twice over to get you to wear glasses(or something even more expensive). My biggest problem with nearsightedness came from always looking at near objects such as the ground and never allowing the muscles in my eyes to stretch and see things like the horizon or clouds overhead. And when I finally did chose to stretch these muscles it was like trying to get into a crossed leg yoga position. The lenses in your eye are controlled by muscles and they need to be stretched and tightened.Buy this book for everyone you know and love and tell your eye doctor either to get another sucker or find a new job.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1999
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I have started this method 6 months ago and I haven't worn my glasses ever since. Every time I went to see my eyedoctor he would just give me a new stronger prescription. I work as a software engineer so I thought it was the long hours in front of the computer that made my eyes weaker. The Bates method saved my eyesight. This method does require perseverence, but that's a small price to pay for being able to see better.
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