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"Relearning to See is a very impressive text!...outstrips all its predecessors...Most complete text that we've ever seen on natural vision improvement. For anyone seeking to improve their eyesight without drugs, surgery or prescription lenses...For anyone seriously interested in vision improvement or the Bates method, Relearning to See is a 'must have'..."
—Rosemary Jones

"Relearning to See...has got to be one of the best and most comprehensive books on natural vision improvement and the Bates method ever written...many glorious illustrations...two books for the price of one!...a very well-written book professionally presented. If you only want to buy one book on natural vision improvement, make sure this is the one."
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This huge book, filled with illustrations and color, walks one through the original Bates writings with updates and improvements. Quackenbush's work seizes the head of the field. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (January 24, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556433417
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556433412
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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229 of 233 people found the following review helpful By David on February 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
Far and away the most comprehensive book on vision improvement I've come across, this is more of an encyclopedia than a book you read straight through. Mr. Quackenbush - not an eye doctor, but a long-time teacher of the Bates method - goes through the mechanics and physiology of the eye and the eye's natural vision habits in exhaustive detail. He also gives pointers on reducing one's prescription, movement exercises, acupressure, relaxation games, left-brain/right-brain physiology, and holistic health, all geared toward improving your eyesight. Central to his teaching of the Bates method is that there are NO exercises. These are habits which are to be practiced 24 hours a day! And they are so simple, so easy to do, and afterwards you'll wonder why people are still stuck in poor vision.
Tom, who founded the Natural Vision Center, used to teach his courses in the San Francisco Bay Area but is now in Ashland, Oregon. I've taken his natural vision course and I found it to be profound. It's been a year and a half; my prescription used to be 20/400, but now I can occasionally see 20/50 or better. Progress is expected to be slow but steady, and I saw jumps in my vision after only a few weeks in the course.
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440 of 460 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"What is quality?" asks Robert Pirsig in his exceptional novel, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Relearning to See is QUALITY plus!
This book is a wonderful tribute to the genius of Dr. Bates, who was a pioneer in discovering how vision becomes blurred and how it restores itself naturally to clarity and acuity. Now 80 years later, his findings and teachings remain light years ahead of our contemporaries. There is at least one current book which gives you the impression that improving your vision naturally is "newly" discovered. Hardly. Tom is to be commended for his dedication in getting the truth out and keeping the torch burning in this "bible" on vision improvement.
As an ophthalmologist, Dr. Bates distinguished himself from the pack as a truly critical thinker. His colleagues were content to ignore or rationalize away the numerous cases of patients whose vision improved yet shouldn't have according to the orthodox theories. Dr. Bates was troubled enough to undertake his own extensive experiments and thorough analysis to debunk the myths. His approach to treating vision problems was truly holistic and the theme throughout this book is very much an extension of that holistic approach.
My vision improvement using the Bates method has been nothing short of spectacular. When I began, my near-sightedness was roughly 20/600. Now on a clear and sunny day outside, my vision settles in to about 20/30 on average, with many periods of 20/20. Under indoor artificial light, my vision averages about 20/40, with periods of 20/30. (Why does it vary, you ask? Read this book and you'll understand why eyesight isn't a fixed and rigid condition under all lighting conditions.
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212 of 220 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book I've seen on the Bates method of how to improve your vision naturally. It's extremely well researched, thorough, and very readable. At $25, it's a real bargain, as the quality of the publishing (including many color plates) is much closer to that of a $60 college textbook.
My personal story: I went from -9.5 in each eye to -6.0 (+0.25 astigmatism) in the left and -6.75 in the right in just a week after getting this book and committing the natural vision habits to heart. Factoring in the cost of the book, a new eye exam, and new glasses, that's well under $400 for a 30% improvement in my natural vision. My girlfriend is also steadily improving her vision and has already moved to her next oldest prescription as a result of this method. Now everyone I've talked to who wears glasses has been extremely interested in this technique, and I recommend this book to them.
It's a real shame that the medical establishment is so resistant to promoting these ideas. Maybe it's because not everyone can master them. Like meditation, it's a skill that can't be mastered by struggling and stressing out (especially since, according to Bates, stressing out and squinting to see is what got us myopes in this mess in the first place!). So it's definitely not a sure thing, *but* there's certainly no risk to trying it (unlike, say, the inevitable risks of surgery, or even the slight risk of eye damage from contact lenses).
If you are thinking about getting laser eye surgery (LASIK), do yourself a favor and buy this book now. Surgery is expensive and even if the risk of side effects seems small, ask yourself, is your vision worth risking?
Before reading this book, I was already a bit uncomfortable with the idea of laser surgery.
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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Skippy the deer on January 10, 2007
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If you have physically undamaged eyes and are healthy and wear eye-glasses or contact lenses and wish to get rid of glasses or contact lenses this is the book you must read.

I started 14 months ago to get rid of my glasses with -4.00 dioptrie in both eyes and Astigmatism.

With my left eye I was able to see nearly normally within 3 weeks.
I was lucky to find out that my right eye had actually Amplyopia ( if it is not cured early enough, it will lead to unrecoverable blindness ), which no optician checked for before. It did not move only looked in 1 direction and very unsharp. Currently I can get nearly normal vision in parts of my right eye temporarily.

After 1/2 year of practice I got a statement from a doctor that I am now able to drive a car without glasses in Australia as ny vision had improved to about 1/2 - 1 Dioptries.

I read the original Bates book (1) and a few of its successors and tried to cure my eyes based on the information in these books.

During the practice lots of questions came up of how to do certain exercises which were not answered in the original books ( maybe I did not understand them properly ).

The Relearning to See: Improve Your Eyesight - Naturally! is the best book available.
It summarizes all the other books, explains how the eye is working according to current believes of opticians and opthomatologists as well as according to Dr. Bates with the evidence why Dr. Bates believes, which are based on facts, are correct.
It includes new discoveries and ideas as well.

It provides the most understandable types of exercises than any of the other books.
It is easy to read and to understand.
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