You may be able to get rid of your glasses and improve your vision problems with ten vision habits. Have you heard of Bates Method? It is an alternative therapy of improving eyesight. Eye-care physician William Horatio Bates, M.D. (1860 – 1931) thoughts that almost all vision problems happen as a result of habitual strain of the eyes. He was certain that glasses were harmful and not necessary.
Bates published the Bates Method for Better Eyesight Without Glasses (I highly recommend this book here) in 1920. According to Bates, corrective lenses don’t heal or correct eye problems, moreover, they interfere with the ability of the eye to correct vision. According to Dr. Bates, corrective lenses and glasses are the same thing for the eyes as crutches for a person with a broken leg.
The Bates method to Improve Vision
The main principle of Bates Method is to get both the eyes and the mind to relax. According to Bates, your vision is determined by how the eyes respond to instructions given by the mind.
The Bates method consists of 10 vision habits. Here are three key habits of seeing.
- Sketching: – Imagine your point of focus. Use an imaginary sharp pencil and move it around, side to side and from top to bottom an object to visually sketch it.
- Breathing: Breathing is crucial to proper eye function. Breathing improves oxygen, blood and nutrient flow in the body, thus, helping with clear vision. Close your eyes and take a slow, deep inhale. Hold your breath for 2 seconds and then open your eyes slowly as you exhale with a long sigh.
- Blinking: Blinking should be done often as it helps rest the eye after it’s constant use during the day. Blink every time you move your point of focus. Blinking is the main method of resting the eye during it’s constant use during the day. Blinking prevents squinting, eyestrain, staring and blur. Blinking keeps your eye muscles relaxed.
If you are interested in improving your vision, I highly recommend getting the book and finding a teacher of the Bates Method.
Exercise Your Eyes:
- Focus. Hold a pen at arm’s length, focus your eyes on it.
- Slowly bring the pen closer until it’s about 6 inches away from your nose
- Slowly Move it back, keeping your eyes focused on the pen
- Repeat 10 times