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Background- my story

I was short-sighted for almost ten years. I had to wear glasses, and couldn’t wear contacts at all as my eyes were too dry.

I really hated wearing glasses- it just didn’t feel like me! So I didn’t wear them much, and as a result, I lived my life in a blur. I do think that I probably missed out on a lot of what was going on right in front of my eyes, because I couldn’t see it clearly.

At first, my vision wasn’t all that bad. I was 25, the year was 1992, and my vision had deteriorated only a little, to -0.50. But over the next few years it got progressively worse, until it reached -1.5 diopters, at which point, I really could no longer pretend that I could manage life successfully on a day to day basis without wearing glasses.

I went to see an optician for a vision test, and I mentioned that I thought that I might try the Bates Method. She told me that it would be a waste of time, as it doesn’t work. That was in 2001, at age 35.

I had tried the Bates Method a few years before, and had noticed that it worked, but as my vision really wasn’t too bad, I didn’t continue with lessons as I felt reassured that I could improve my vision if I wanted to... and besides, I was stressed, busy temping, and had no spare time or patience for lessons.

So in 2001, when my vision had deteriorated to a point where I could no longer manage without glasses, after almost ten years of short-sightedness, I decided to give the Bates Method a proper try. I got Dr Bates’ book and did all the exercises, remembering what I had learned in the Bates lessons I had had previously. I worked at it and worked at it, and after just a few intensive weeks, I had managed to improve my vision back to 20:20.

I first noticed this when I was walking down a London street and found that I could see people’s faces clearly again – amazing! And I noticed how the sunlight glinted and sparkled on the metal of the cars parked on the road- once again, a wonderful moment.

So in short, the Bates Method was a revelation for me. It gave me back my good vision, my freedom from glasses and my belief in my own ability to help and heal myself.

 

I went to the optician again, this time one closer to my home. He checked my vision and found that it was perfect. I then explained to him what I had done to improve my vision from -1.5. He looked surprised and pleased, and then, with a big smile, took my hand, shook it heartily and said to me: “I always thought it might work! Well done! Another wonderful moment I shall never forget.

So whenever I am asked “does it really work?”  I have that image in my mind of the delighted optician- as I positively and firmly tell the enquirer: yes it does, and my good vision is proof of it. “The proof is in the pudding!” as they say. And although very little time or money has yet been spent on researching exactly how the method works, we vision teachers are all sure of one thing, as we look at our clients’ successes and our own vision journeys – the Bates Method of Natural Vision improvement works, and not only is it effective, it’s also non-invasive, gentle, fun, exciting, and...fascinating!!

I cannot emphasise enough how worthwhile the method is and how worthy it is of more credibility and acceptance worldwide.

So....back to my story!  To be able to see clearly again was so exciting and such a wonderful revelation, that in 2003 I decided to train to become a teacher so that I could share this amazing method with others, and attended a course at the Bates College of Vision Education in London, led by Margaret Montgomery and Aileen Whiteford.

More recently, I have attended courses led by internationally renowned vision teachers including Leo Angart and Meir Schneider

When far-sightedness (presbyopia) came along at the age of 45, I used the Bates Method to quickly and efficiently improve my vision again, this time at the near point. After this personal experience of developing long-sightedness and then actually fixing it, I enjoy teaching these wonderful techniques even more

I now have many years’ experience of teaching all age groups, from young children to octogenarians, and I am able to help with a broad spectrum of visual challenges, ranging from short-sightedness (myopia), long-sightedness (presbyopia/ hypermetropia), squints, astigmatism, eye strain, oversensitivity to light and dry eyes, to glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal pathologies and discomfort or complications following eye surgery.

It’s truly a joy to teach such a gentle, fun and effective method, and as one client puts it (my dentist!): “The Bates Method has been a revelation...the results are astonishing”.

Please contact me for more information, I would be delighted to help. See better - feel better!

Contact Charlotte to book a lesson


Natural vision learning opportunities with Charlotte 2016

1:1 Private Bates lessons: 1.5 hours for adults, 1 hour for children

Skype, e-mail, FaceTime or telephone lessons also available.

Improve your eyesight and the overall health of your eyes naturally, and prevent further deterioration, with this enjoyable and relaxing method! Learn how to teach yourself, with lessons tailored for your own individual vision needs. Any visual problem, to any degree – we all have the potential to see better. Book six lessons in advance and receive one for free.

Vision courses:

Please refer to www.seenaturally.co.uk/courses for the latest dates and info.

 


What my pupils say...

Thank you for all your support and help during the year, you are a fantastic, encouraging teacher and helped us a lot in our journey to make our vision better!”

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“We’re so excited because she’s seeing further down the chart all the time!”

“Thank you Charlotte, we’re really grateful and so glad to have you on board.”

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“Thank you charlotte. We enjoyed our time yesterday and found it so worthwhile.”

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“Thank you for your great help and advice.”

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“I went to the opticians in October…and they confirmed that my vision had indeed improved and that my astigmatism had all but gone…I know that what Bates taught is true.”

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“The lessons certainly help, and keep the motivation going.”

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“As you relax, the letters just come clearer, it is amazing!”

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“Nowadays I can usually read without any problems with my astigmatism at all”

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“My eyes felt much better after the lesson”

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 “Good news is I'm down to -2.5 glasses now (started at -3.5) Cheers!”

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“I am really noticing improvements in my vision now.”

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“Robby had an eye test today and his eyesight has improved! It gave him a boost. I know his eyes are much better since we started the exercises, and he does too.”

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“Charlotte was teaching my daughter and I was just listening and watching, and while I was doing that, my vision became much clearer- can I have some lessons too?!”

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“I can see an improvement in my near vision!”

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“Thank you for today; I came home with renewed enthusiasm...and palmed and sunned this afternoon and then read some music without specs!!”

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“We need to book that next [second] session, as I have seen an improvement in my eyesight already!!! I’ve been doing my crossword and reading before bedtime without glasses...I’m a bit gobsmacked.”

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“This has been a revelation…after a course of lessons with Charlotte, I was able to go on holiday and read without my glasses. Charlotte’s teaching methods were clear and precise… The method does require time, commitment and hard work but the results are astonishing.”

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"At the end of the lesson, I noticed that my vision had improved..."

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"I was trying to read the chart during the lesson, when suddenly I could read several lines down, perfectly clearly. It was a wonderful, unfamiliar, but really nice feeling! It lasted just for a few seconds, but was so encouraging."

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“My vision is now becoming clearer and I can read close up more easily, thank you Charlotte!”

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“I’m 75 years old, and for the past six years I’ve had such bad astigmatism that everything I read I saw in double. It’s been extremely annoying! I’ve had about nine lessons with Charlotte and this pesky astigmatism is now starting to go- thank goodness! I can now read a whole paragraph of text without any astigmatism at all! I’m very, very pleased.”

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“....I can't wait to put all the information you gave me into action and to have my next session.”

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“Been to the opticians. My eyesight has improved by 0.75! I'm very pleased!”

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“My teenage son had worn glasses since the age of three, and after lessons with Charlotte, as well as regular home practice, he has never needed them again. He now fences for the UK team and is training to be a doctor. His vision remains excellent.”

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“I decided to seek help from Charlotte following my recovery from eye surgery for a Retinal Detachment. Prior to surgery my eyesight was reasonable in both eyes, although I was regularly wearing prescription glasses for driving and reading. Post-surgery…I had to wear my glasses all the time. I was concerned about the suddenness of unexpected RD and wanted to ensure my eyes were given the best possible chance of recovery.

“Charlotte is a very approachable practitioner; she explained how the Bates Method would help to strengthen my eyes, in terms of vision and eye health…Charlotte is an exceptional teacher; her explanations were clear and possible outcomes discussed clearly.

“Since seeing Charlotte, over a period of 5 months, I have not needed to wear my glasses at all. This is obviously a massive improvement. I now also appreciate that there is significantly more to eye health than just ‘seeing’ and continue to implement her advice.

“I would not hesitate to recommend Charlotte and the Bates Method to anyone with concerns about their eyes.”

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“For several years I had a chronic pain eye condition, which made it difficult to read or focus on nearby objects. I had consulted with eye specialists at the major ophthalmological hospitals but they were unable to help. Charlotte’s introduction to, and coaching in, the Bates Method has really helped me reduce and manage the pain. I’ve also noticed a real improvement in my general vision - I can see more detail, and colours are more vivid, which has had marked effect on my overall wellbeing. It occurred to me that through many years of focusing on a computer screen I had 'forgotten' how to use my visual system effectively. The method has not only allowed me to understand this, but to reverse the degradation. I cannot recommend Charlotte highly enough.”

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“I would strongly recommend Charlotte to anyone who wants to rid themselves of their “eye crutches” (lenses), and truly improve their vision by bringing their bodies and minds back into balance”

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“Thank you for a wonderful [Skype] lesson, I am looking forward to the next!”

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“Thank you for a most interesting morning/afternoon. The time went very quickly.”

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“Dearest Charlotte, it was a real pleasure to meet you on Saturday. You are incredibly sweet to contact me with further information, I am very grateful.”

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“I will definitely be in touch with you for some lessons. It was delightful talking to you. I feel I’ll make great progress with you, and I’m looking forward to it, as my eyes are very tired trying to see properly.” (Post- laser surgery).

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“...after two sessions my eyes are the same but the benefit to me has been Charlotte’s advice to stop wearing the prescription glasses that strained my eyes so badly (seven pairs in total from three different opticians, with 3 and 4 diopter lenses)....With off the shelf magnifying specs of 1.0 diopter, I rarely have eye strain now and can see most things I need to.”

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“I'm off to cancel my contact lenses now as I certainly will not be needing them any more anytime soon!”

“Marksmen and pilots do vision training to maintain clear, healthy vision, so why is the Bates Method not more mainstream?!”

“I am 45 years old and have worn glasses now for 28 years, becoming more and more reliant on them over the years to the point where they were the first thing I would pick up in the morning. My eyesight was -2.5 in both eyes as I struggled to see things far away...About 2 months ago I came across the Bates method of eyesight improvement on the internet and became interested in learning more. Like most people I was not sure if it was true or not as surely I would have heard about it if it worked... So what has been my experience after 2 months? Well when I started, I could not even make out the top letter on the Snellen chart at 20/400 however I can now read down to 20/80 and now only use my glasses for driving although I use an old pair of lower prescription ones as my glasses now hurt my eyes to wear. I have not had a formal eye test yet but think I must be -1 or -1.5 now...One thing I now know is that you CAN improve your eyesight and the methods DO work, I know I will never need to buy glasses again and no matter how long it takes I will continue to practice the methods until I am completely cured...It’s funny, but when you’re doing vision work, you often don't really notice your own improvement. Sometimes improvement is so gradual (as is vision deterioration), that you just don’t realise it’s happening...My daughter is now 16, yet I don't remember her ever growing up, because I see her every day. It’s only when I look back at photographs of when she was five, that I realize how much and how quickly she has grown...” Read the full story of Martin’s rapid vision improvement here.

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“...At my second lesson, Charlotte asked me to read the chart and suddenly I could read much further down than just the top two lines which is all that I used to be able to see clearly just a month or so ago at my first lesson. This time, I could read right the way down to the last line!”

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"Thank you for all your support and help during the year, you are a fantastic, encouraging teacher and helped us a lot in our journey to make our vision better!"

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