Are you tired of wearing glasses to see?

As we increasingly realise the impact of our daily habits on our health, the possibility of mitigating, even reversing, negative health effects is firmly within our reach … now more than ever.  Eyesight deterioration is no different.  Lawrence Batchelor, an Iyengar yoga instructor, believes the Bates Method is to eyesight what yoga is for mind, body and soul.

If you wear glasses, or use other vision correction, you may be resigned to relying on these for the rest of your life. Also, the strength of the glasses will need to increase regularly as your eyes deteriorate. For most people, this deterioration is an unquestioned “fact”, and is irreversible.

Deeper examination, however, reveals something quite different.

We need only look at our everyday experience. On any given day, most people experience fluctuations in their vision: times when they see better, and less well. So, when we experience this shift that is an improvement in our eyesight! Most days, we experience some such improvement. But, this is impossible, we are told! How can this be?

visionTwo reasons are given for the inevitable decline in our eyesight: age and genetics. Let’s look at age. Almost every person reading this article probably knows at least one person who still has perfect eyesight in their senior years. Are these people simply to be dismissed as statistical outliers, or do they hold the answer to retaining perfect sight? What if the common thread that runs through their stories is that they have remained interested and active?

Now let’s look at genetics. A well-known study of Inuit Indians in 1975 showed a high prevalence of Myopia in the children, but almost no Myopia in the uneducated adults of the population. The researchers concluded this was owing to environmental factors, not the genetic component.

Inuit Myopia – an environmentally produced epidemic?

Whilst working as a doctor and teacher at the New York Eye Infirmary in the 1900s, Dr. William Bates, a trained ophthalmologist could not understand how patients sometimes showed improvement, when everything that he had learnt and studied said this was impossible.

After years of in-depth research, he agreed with emerging research that the tightening of the muscles surrounding the eyeball was the reason it loses its natural spherical shape. He concluded that all functional problems of the eye are caused by stress, and this set him apart from other researchers.

He discovered that these muscles were gripping the eyeball unnaturally due to visual or other forms of stress. He saw that by returning to the vision habits we first learned as children, we could regain perfect sight. Children are naturally curious and continually move their interest from one point to another in a relaxed natural way; he concluded that, as adults, we need to regain those childlike habits.

Since his discovery, Bates Method teachers have been helping people to improve their sight and do away with their spectacles for more than a century.

In my mid-forties, I started to experience Presbyopia (age-related long-sightedness). As a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher, I had been practising for eight years by that time; with my body feeling as healthy as that of a twenty year old, I could not accept that my eyes were subject to different laws than the rest of the body. Cuts and broken bones heal, people recover from illness and disease, why not the eyes?

I embarked on a journey of exploration and, over the years, came across numerous books and a couple of teachers of the Bates Method, all the while refusing to wear glasses to read. My journey took me to the Netherlands, to a teacher training course with Tom Quackenbush, full-time Bates teacher for over thirty years, avid Bates researcher, and author of the best-seller Relearning to See.

Here I learned the true Bates Method, based on three simple habits to be applied 24 hours a day! Children and people with perfect sight do not do eye push-ups, they simply have good habits; in the same way, people with errors eye-chart-image-flickr-user-gorun26_100364969_min their eyesight can apply the same habits to return to perfect sight.

Initially, it is all about getting rid of the blur, but other qualities of sight return: 3D vision, improved colour perception, increased contrast and textures. Additional benefits include improved memory and brain function, and releasing of that chronically stiff neck.

The principles are simple but the process is not necessarily easy – it takes years to develop the poor vision habits that interfere with our natural sight; it takes commitment and time to return to good vision habits. The rewards, however, are well worth it!

You can contact Lawrence Batchelor, Bates Method teacher, at Visit to find out more.

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