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Bates Method International

Welcome to and Bates Method International - the premier site for learning about the Bates Method of Vision Education.
Learn about the natural use of your eyes, how vision relaxation can help your mind and eyesight, and how to regain a healthy balance of inner and outer clarity.


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Wm H Bates

Perfect Sight Without Glasses 1920 pg 106

Vision Games

Tired of looking at your screen? Here are some vision games to help free up your tired eyes and bring back some normal healthy vision


The Bates Method is the natural method for better eyesight without glasses as discovered by Dr William H. Bates over 100 years ago. The method is a system of visual techniques and principles designed to reawaken the natural function and use of the eyes and mind. Dr Bates found his method could provide relief for such conditions as short sight, long sight, astigmatism, old-age sight, squint, 'lazy' eye, and even structural diseases such as macular degeneration. His discoveries were both radical and thought-provoking; and brought much attention from the media and members of the public . . .

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The techniques discovered by Dr Bates continue to be taught all over the world, with professional teachers in many countries helping people to see better without glasses, lenses, or disease.

History of Dr Bates

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Stress and tension, and the complexities of our modern world have us using our eyes in ways that are far from how they were designed. Here are some first steps for relaxing and rebalancing your eyes — remember, your innate and natural vision is your birthright.

Relax . . . Your Eyes!

Got your headphones and five minutes? Here's a short guided audio for eye and mind relaxation . . .

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The simple technique of Palming is regarded as the foundation for learning how to relax the eyes and mind.

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Basic Principles

An overview of Bates Method Techniques and how they work to restore eyesight.

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The Swings

The Swings bring movement to the vision and mind. This section contains descriptions of five different types of visual swing.

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The Sway

The Sway is also an excellent method for learning to see movement in the world.

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Colour Days

Perception of colour completes the basic techniques covered in this section.

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Teachers of the Bates Method

The Teachers list comprises members of Bates Method International and vision teachers who have trained and qualified in approved courses. To train as a teacher requires considerable personal development and ability to demonstrate teaching and practical expertise.

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Vision bits 'n' pieces to support your vision journey.

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Our Journey with the Bates Method

"I had been prescribed glasses at the tender age of 7 or 8, and was told that I needed them every waking hour as I was both short sighted and had astigmatism. I was told that as my mum was short sighted too, it was likely that my prescription would get stronger and stronger as it was in my genes, and nothing could be done." Read more . . .

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