Bates Method International

Who was Dr Bates?

Dr William Horatio Bates was a respected American Ophthalmologist who practised mainly in New York in the late 19th and early 20th century and worked in a number of important teaching hospitals.

He noticed that the vision of many of his patients was at times extremely variable and realised that this meant it could possibly be improved. He later gave up his orthodox practice in order to devote his life to discovering, then showing others, how long sight, short sight and astigmatism could be prevented and improved in children and adults without the use of glasses.

As he developed his method he came to realise there are three key concepts that influence the state of vision: He termed these Central Fixation, Strain and Relaxation.


  • The Cure of Imperfect Eyesight without Glasses: Central Fixation Publishing Co.1919K
  • Better Eyesight Magazines: A journal of vision improvement. 1919 - 1931