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This article lists Dr. W. H. Bates life, work. In historical order; (Pictures will be uploaded ASAP)

Dr. William H. Bates discovered the natural principles, function of the eye and applied natural methods to return the eyes, eye muscles, brain, thought patterns, body (visual system) to normal function with healthy eyes and clear vision. The magazines, stories, articles describe how Dr. Bates and Emily cured many different eye problems without use of eyeglasses, surgery, drugs. The natural treatments they applied removed, prevented; close and distant blur, astigmatism, cataracts, glaucoma, conical cornea, wandering/crossed eyes (squint) and many other eye problems. The writings are 'True Life Stories' of the doctors, assistants and patients - interesting, positive, fun to read.

Ophthalmologist William H. Bates worked his entire life treating people successfully with Natural Vision Improvement. When he cured the eyes, vision of many patients and other doctors in the hospital where he worked with natural treatments, without use of eyeglasses, surgery, drugs and proved his method is fact and that some of the old theories of eye function were incorrect, only theories, the doctors, surgeons that preferred to sell eyeglasses, surgery, drugs expelled him. Dr. Bates then opened his own office, a Clinic in Harlem, New York City. He treated thousands of people by natural methods, including many of the African Americans and other people that had little money, living in Harlem. His treatments were successful. He cured people of all ages, young and old. The Bates Method is so simple and effective that many of his cured patients, ‘often children’ then went on to cure their parents, teachers and other children of defective vision. Read his full story in Better Eyesight Magazine.

    Dr. Bates discovered the natural principles, true function of the eyes (Visual System) and applied relaxation, natural methods to return the eyes, eye muscles, nerves, mind/brain, body to normal function with clear vision, healthy eyes. The Bates Method of Natural Vision Improvement.     
   The magazines, stories, articles describe how Dr. Bates, Emily Lierman/Bates, other Doctors, School Teachers, Bates Method Students/Teachers, Children and Parents used Natural Treatments to prevent, remove, many different eye problems without use of eyeglasses, surgery, drugs; unclear close and distant vision, astigmatism, cataracts, glaucoma, conical cornea, cornea scars, wandering and crossed eyes (squint) and other conditions. Hundreds of Natural Treatments are listed. Dr. Bates used surgery only when necessary. Articles that are interesting, positive, fun to read. ‘True Life Stories’ of the doctors, patients, adults and children. Vision improvement based ‘Fairy Stories’ and other articles for children are included. The magazines, books are the original source of Natural Vision Improvement. The Original Better Eyesight Magazine collection is proof that Ophthalmologist William H. Bates discovered the Bates Method, Natural Eyesight Improvement and is the True Author of the Magazine. 

Dr. Bates discovered Natural Vision Improvement over 100 years ago.

    The Optical and Medical Industry/Association and most eye doctors, opticians have hidden Dr. Bates magazines, books, articles on Natural Vision Improvement from the public for over 100 years because: The writings are proof that Natural Vision (Eyesight) Improvement works, produces clear vision, healthy eyes, it teaches people how to obtain clear vision on their own and prevents the need for eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses, eye surgery and drugs.  After Dr. Bates death, the Optical Industry, Medical doctors, Association destroyed Dr. Bates magazines, books, articles, removed them from libraries, schools, colleges, bookstores in an attempt to hide the truth about Natural Vision Improvement from the public. They bribed dishonest politicians, judges to pass laws preventing the public from teaching Natural Vision Improvement.   Ophthalmology, Optometry, Optician Colleges hid it, refused to teach it and Eye Doctors were taught to ignore the Bates Method. Honest eye doctors were afraid to teach it, were told that they would lose their medical license if they used it in their practice. (See case of Margaret Corbett and Aldous Huxley, New York City, USA.) The Optical, Medical Industry prefers to sell eyeglasses, dangerous cornea laser eye surgery, cataract surgery, other eye operations and drugs. They continue to suppress the Bates Method. Dishonest Eye Doctors prescribe stronger and stronger eyeglass lenses, bifocals, sunglasses knowing that this increases vision impairment, dependency on stronger eyeglasses and leads to development of cataracts and thousands of dollars profit from cataract surgery. Senior citizens are their main victim, ‘customer’, abused by their doctors, told to wait for surgery until the cataract grows large enough as the doctor sells stronger eyeglass lenses, bifocals… knowing that this will increase, speed the growth, development of the cataract.

Due to the truth about Natural Medicine becoming available to the modern public, Dr. Bates work has been recovered from individual owners and re-published. Many modern Ophthalmologists, Optometrists are now learning, teaching the Bates Method. A honest eye doctor prefers to get the patient to stop use of eyeglasses, will not prescribe strong eyeglasses, bifocals, sunglasses. He/she teaches the patient how to reverse, prevent unclear vision, cataracts. The Original Better Eyesight Magazine contains a few mis-prints and a few treatments that are no longer taught the old way to Natural Vision Improvement students by teachers. They have been changed, improved and new treatments/activities added. Some teachers prefer the old methods only. The E-Book ‘Better Eyesight Magazine Illustrated with 500 Pictures’ and 20 free books by Clark Night is free with this book. Download and read the free modern text version of Better Eyesight Magazine with 500 pictures to learn the new way a few of the old treatments in the original magazine are practiced. Treatments, activities must be practiced correct to maintain healthy eyes, clear vision. Blue print and pictures in the text version describe the old, new, and improved treatments and the correct new way to practice them.

Example of old methods that have been changed; Open Eyed Sunning and reading by looking only along, under the white spaces of a sentence are no longer practiced. New improved versions are taught. Reading along the white spaces was mis-interpreted by some Bates students; Dr. Bates explained that 'the white spaces are used only to relax the eyes, mind, improve the memory and imagination. Then, when reading; the person looks directly at the print. The Sunglass is used only in special cases of near or complete blindness by a Bates Method experienced Ophthalmologist if other methods fail. It can burn the eye when used incorrect and, because it is a glass, it blocks full spectrum light resulting in partial spectrum, unbalanced light emitting from the glass. The light does not go into the eyes pupil but it still must not be overused. Partial spectrum light in unhealthy. Pure full spectrum sunlight, not passing through glass is best, healthy for the eyes, body. Some people, cultures still practice open eyed sunning but in a specific, safe way, brief time, always with eye movement, good health, relaxation; Eyes, head continually move, eyes shifting to the sky near the left, right, top, bottom of the sun and they face the sun for a brief time. Other directions are applied for safety. Due to the ozone layer depletion it is controversial. In later editions of Better Eyesight Magazine and books, Dr. Bates lists these changes, improvements. Dr. Bates himself stated that the Bates Method is continually being improved. As he treated thousands of patients over the years the Bates Method was perfected. Bates Teachers state they learn much from their students, each student being an individual and various treatments being successful for each condition, state of mind, body, eyes and personality.

The secret for clear vision that most eye doctors hide;

What is shifting? It is Eye Movement; moving 'shifting' the visual attention (Central Field) from part to part on a object to see it clear. Relax. Blink. This is the main thing that brings clear vision. Replace squinting, trying to see with shifting. Dr. Bates describes shifting in Better Eyesight Magazine; When you look at a chair; avoid trying to see all parts clear at the exact same time. Look at one part at a time. Look at, see clearest a part, then move to another part, then another... ; Look at a part of the chairs back, then move to a different part on the back, then another part, then shift to a part on a leg, then shift to a arm, then the top, then side... When looking at a part; continue to shift part to part on the part. Practice this at close, middle, far distances for clear vision at all distances. Practice as a healthy habit, normal, correct eye (visual system) function. Test, practice with the eyes, vision in this way with; both eyes together, one eye at a time, both eyes together again. If vision is less clear in one eye at one or more distances; practice a bit more with the less clear vision eye to get the vision equal, perfect in the left and right eyes at all distances. Read, shift on fine print for clear close vision if needed. This is basically the whole practice of Natural Eyesight Improvement. Relaxation of the mind and eyes (eye muscles, body, neck follows); this is Dr. Bates main treatment. When the mind relaxes, the vision is clear. Function of the mind/brain; memory, imagination and other functions that work with the eyes also improve, increasing visual clarity.

Dr. William H. Bates, Ophthalmologist, Central Fixation Publishing Co., New York City, New York, USA

Dr Bates discovered and perfected Natural Eyesight Improvement, The Bates Method'. He discovered the natural principles, true, normal function of the eyes (visual system) and applied natural methods, relaxation to return the eyes, eye muscles, nerves, mind/brain, thought patterns, body (entire visual system) to natural, normal function with healthy eyes and clear vision. The Bates Method of Natural Eyesight Improvement. He cured; unclear close and distant vision, astigmatism, crossed, wandering eyes, cataracts, glaucoma, and other eye conditions. Natural Eyesight (Vision) Improvement was practiced years before Dr. Bates discovered it. It is the normal, natural function of the eyes. Hidden from the public by eye surgeons, Optometrists, optical businesses for over 100 years because this method works, is easy, anyone can learn, teach it, including children. It produces healthy eyes, clear vision and frees the patient from the need to purchase eyeglasses, drugs, unnecessary eye surgery. Yes, it can and has reversed cataracts! Dr. Bates worked his entire life treating people successfully with Natural Eyesight Improvement. When he cured the eyes, vision of many patients, medical students and other doctors in the hospital where he worked with natural treatments, without use of eyeglasses, surgery, drugs and proved his method is fact and that some of the old theories of eye function are incorrect, only theories; the doctors, eye surgeons that preferred to sell eyeglasses, surgery, drugs became angry and expelled him. (See: `Reason and Authority' and `Dr. Bates Lecture' in Better Eyesight Magazine: November, 1919, April, 1923 and Articles in his book.) Dr. Bates then opened his own office, a Clinic in Harlem, New York City. He treated thousands of people by natural methods, including many of the poor people that had little money. He kept his price for medical treatment low and also provided no charge office visits `Free Clinic Days' for people that could not afford to pay for a visit to an Ophthalmologist. His treatments were successful. He cured the young and old, people of all ages, nationalities, cured a variety of eye conditions. The Bates Method is so simple and effective that many of his cured patients, `often children' then went on to cure their friends, family, parents, teachers and other children of defective vision including crossed, wandering eyes. Read the `true story of the two little girls that restored a blind mans eyesight' in the Oct. 1925 Magazine Issue. Read Dr. Bates full story in `Better Eyesight Magazine' and his book `The Cure of Imperfect Sight by Treatment Without Glasses'. Dr. Bates recorded 11 years of work in his clinic, his patients and their varied treatments in his Better Eyesight Magazines, Books and Medical Articles. Dr. Bates Better Eyesight Magazines contain many Natural Treatments, a variety of Activities, Directions, Articles describing how Dr. Bates, Emily Lierman Bates, (his Clinic assistant, wife) and other eye Doctors, School Teachers, Bates Method Students, Bates Teachers, Children and Parents used Natural Treatments to remove, correct, prevent many different eye problems: unclear close and distant vision (nearsight, myopia, farsight, presbyopia ), astigmatism, cataracts, glaucoma, conical cornea, cornea ulcers & scars, retinitis pigmentosa, wandering/crossed eyes (strabismus), amblyopia and other eye conditions. Done without eyeglasses, surgery, drugs. Dr. Bates used surgery, drugs only when necessary, (Eye injury, infection...). The magazines contain `True Life Stories' of the doctors, assistants, patients, treatments. Interesting, entertaining, fun to read. A History book, life in the early 1900's. Vision improvement based `Fairy Stories' and other articles for children are included. The stories produce a positive, relaxed state of mind, activate, improve the memory and imagination, teach Natural Eyesight Improvement, normal, correct eye functions. This improves the eyesight. Dr. Bates discovered Natural Eyesight Improvement over 100 years ago - Started around the year 1886. Dr. Bates Better Eyesight Magazines, books are the original source of The Bates Method and true Natural Eyesight Improvement. The Original Better Eyesight Magazine collection is proof that Ophthalmologist William H. Bates discovered the Bates Method, Natural Eyesight (Vision) Improvement and is the True Author of the Magazine. The Optical, Medical Industry/Association and most Eye Doctors, Opticians have hidden Dr. Bates work, magazines, books, articles, Natural Eyesight Improvement from the public for over 100 years because: The Bates Method improves the clarity of vision, eye function, Dr. Bates writings are proof that Natural Eyesight Improvement works, produces clear vision, healthy eyes, it describes, teaches people how to apply Natural Eyesight Improvement & obtain clear vision `on their own' and prevents the need for purchasing eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses, eye surgery and drugs. The Bates Method is safe, healthy for the eyes, reverses and prevents vision impairment. After Dr. Bates death, the Optical Industry, Medical Doctors/Association destroyed Dr. Bates magazines, books, articles, removed them from libraries, schools, colleges, bookstores in an attempt to hide the truth about Natural Eyesight Improvement from the public, prevent people from curing their eyesight. They bribed dishonest politicians, judges to pass laws preventing the public from teaching Natural Eyesight Improvement. They passed a law stating that only an eye doctor can teach the Bates Method. Most doctors refused to teach it. Ophthalmology, Optometry, Optician Colleges hid it, refused to teach it and Eye Doctors were taught in College to ignore the Bates Method. Honest eye doctors were afraid to teach it, were told that they would lose their medical license if they used it in their practice. A few honest Eye Doctors, Bates Teachers, Students, Libraries from the 1900's - present have hidden, preserved and republished Dr. Bates magazines, books and continued to teach the Bates Method despite harassment from the Optical, Medical Industry: Emily Lierman/Bates, Dr. Harold Peppard, Cecil S. Price, Dr. William MacCracken, Bernarr MacFadden, Clara Hackett, Margaret Corbett, Aldous Huxley, Janet Goodrich and others. (See the case of Margaret Corbett and Aldous Huxley, New York City, USA; The Optical/Medical Industry/Association brought her to court, accused her of practicing Optometry without a license. She won all cases brought against her and cured the eyesight of many people that were in the courtroom. Aldous Huxley (famous Author) was a witness for Margaret Corbett , proved to the court how she reversed his near blindness, improved his eyesight. He later wrote the book: `The Art of Seeing'. The Optical, Medical and Drug Industry prefers to sell eyeglasses, contact lenses, dangerous destructive cornea laser eye surgery, cataract lens surgery, other eye operations and drugs. They continue to suppress, hide the Bates Method from their patients, the public. Dishonest Eye Doctors prescribe stronger and stronger eyeglass lenses, bifocals, unneeded astigmatism sections in the eyeglass lenses, tinted/UV blocking lenses & sunglasses knowing that this causes and increases vision impairment, eye muscle tension, abnormal pressure, tension on/in the eye, retina, lens.., dependence on stronger eyeglasses and leads to development of cataracts, detached retina, other eye health impairment and thousands of dollars profit from performing cataract, retina, cornea... surgery. I suspect that some Opticians, Optometrists that sell stronger and stronger eyeglasses receive money, `kickbacks' from eye surgeons when the business sends a patient that has developed a cataract or other eye problem, `advanced and ready for surgery', to the eye surgeon for a operation. Senior citizens are their main victim, `customer', abused by their doctors, told to wait for surgery until the cataract grows large enough while the doctor sells stronger and stronger eyeglass lenses, bifocals, unnecessary astigmatism sections in the glasses, sunglasses... knowing that this practice will cause more vision impairment, increase, speed the growth, development of the cataract and prevent a natural reversal, cure of the cataract. A sales pitch for laser eye cornea surgery is often done after the patient's eyesight is greatly impaired from being prescribed addictive, stronger and stronger eyeglass lenses, bifocals and astigmatism lenses. When the patient feels helpless, scared, they are pressured into agreeing to eye cornea laser surgery. Laser cornea eye surgeons destroy the health, structure of the eyes cornea knowing it will lead to a variety of eye, vision impairments, sale of eyeglasses, more eye surgery. Many patients have experienced extreme, disabling vision problems, eye pain and blindness has occurred. Patients have committed suicide, explaining to their family they would rather die than live with the greatly impaired vision, pain and poor quality of life that the laser cornea eye surgery caused. See the FDA 'Cornea Surgery Side Effects Warning'. The law states that eye doctors do not have to tell their patients all the dangers, side effects of cornea eye surgeries. Laser surgery destroys the cornea's health, function and often results in more eye surgeries to correct the damage done by the first laser surgery. Even though the TV news stations and newspapers receive a lot of money for advertising Laser surgery they post reports on laser cornea eye surgery side effects. An honest eye doctor prefers to get the patient to stop use of eyeglasses, will not prescribe strong eyeglasses, bifocals, tinted, UV blocking lenses, sunglasses, unnecessary astigmatism sections, laser cornea eye surgery. He/she teaches the patient how to reverse, prevent unclear vision, astigmatism, cataracts and other abnormal eye conditions. Due to the truth about Natural Medicine being available to the modern public, interest in Natural Cures; Dr. Bates Better Eyesight Magazines, books, work has been recovered from individual owners, re-published and brought back to the public. Many Ophthalmologists, Optometrists are now learning, teaching the Bates Method and monitoring, recording their patients Natural Eyesight Improvement progress.

Dr. William H. Bates Life & The Bates Method History

Dr. Bates started his career as an orthodox ophthalmologist following the old, long time rules of the practice; prescribing eyeglasses... During his practice, working with different patients, eye conditions, he realized that unclear close, distant vision, astigmatism and other conditions often cured itself, reversed back to clear vision, especially when his patients stopped wearing their eyeglasses. He noticed that wearing glasses weakened the eyes, resulted in stronger and stronger eyeglass lens prescriptions being needed in order to see clear through the glasses. He began his own studies on the eye and its function. This led him to discover that many of the old ophthalmologist, optometry `supposed facts' about the eye, lens and its function and cause of unclear vision... are incorrect. Dr. Bates began teaching his patients to avoid eyeglasses, stop wearing their glasses. He taught them natural methods, including relaxation, correct use of the eyes, practice of normal, natural eye function to improve the vision. Dr. Bates cured his own eyesight, close vision, presbyopia. Distant vision also clear. He wrote an Article in his book, magazines describing how he did it with Memory, Imagination, Relaxation. He controlled, changed the focus of light rays in his eyes with his mind. Dr. Bates performed experiments on the eyes of animals, and observed the function of thousands of animal, patient's eyes under different conditions, situations, state of mind, body, thoughts and emotions. He used the retinoscope to see the refraction, focus of light rays in the eye under these various conditions. He proved that the refraction, clarity of vision changes often and when the eyes are left alone, eyeglasses avoided, the refraction, clarity returns to normal, clear vision. He proved that the state of the mind, thoughts change the refraction of the eye, clarity of vision. Example: when the mind, body is relaxed, positive, happy thoughts, emotions: the refraction is normal and vision is clear. When the mind, body is under stress, strain: the refraction is abnormal and vision is unclear. Dr. Bates discovered that the main cause of unclear vision and other eye problems is: Wearing Eyeglasses, Mental Strain, Mental, Visual Effort to See, Incorrect Vision Habits (incorrect use of the eyes; squinting, staring, not shifting, lack of central-fixation, low memory, imagination...). Perfect Sight occurs only with Perfect Relaxation (deep or active/dynamic relaxation - See Aldous Huxley's book: The Art of Seeing). Relaxation occurs first and then the eyesight becomes clear. His experiments on the outer eye muscles proved that tension in these muscles disrupts their function, the eyes movement, accommodation, convergence, un-accommodation, divergence, causes pressure, tension on/in the eye, alters the eyes shape, (and lens), disrupts focus of light rays on the retina and the clarity of vision. Circulation in the eyes is also affected. Mental strain, stress, strain in the mind, negative thoughts, emotions cause eye muscle tension. Neck muscle tension causes eye muscle tension and neck tension is caused by mental strain, negative thoughts, emotions, incorrect posture, injury: vertebrae out of alignment). Inner eye muscle tension; ciliary/lens, iris, tear gland muscle... also occurs. When the mind is strained, tense, the brain and retina do not communicate, function together at optimum level, function of the retina is lowered. Dr. Bates proved that MENTAL STRAIN causes unclear vision. RELAXATION of the mind produces clear vision. Dr. Bates used his retinoscope to show that the refraction/focus of light rays in the eye are disrupted resulting in unclear vision when a person lies. Lying causes a bit of mental strain. When the person tells the truth-no strain occurs, the refraction is perfect and vision clear. Many things can cause mental strain. Avoid eyeglasses, remove the stress, strain and vision returns to clear. Practice of Natural Eyesight Improvement can uncover old, forgotten stressful experiences, resulting in strong emotions, feelings being remembered, activated. Once the memory, feelings are acknowledged, released and new positive thoughts, emotions placed into the brain, system: often the vision immediately returns to normal 20/20 and clearer. No other practice is needed. The eyes relax, move, `shift'... correct on their own. Dr. Bates published Medical Articles, Books describing his experiments on the eyes, eye muscles, the effect of memory on the eyes, vision and the effect of the clarity of vision on the memory: 1891 `A Study of Images Reflected from the Cornea, Iris, Lens, and Sclera' & `Memory as an Aid to Vision'. These Articles and others are placed in his 1920 book: The Cure of Imperfect Sight by Treatment without Glasses, Better Eyesight Magazine and his Medical Articles E-Book. Dr. Bates created Natural Treatments, Activities to cure; reverse, correct and prevent unclear vision and other eye conditions based on his discoveries. This became know as `The Bates Method'. Glaucoma, cataracts and other eye conditions were also reversed successfully with Dr. Bates Natural Treatments.


Dr. Bates History - Dates

1860 - Born December, 23rd - New Jersey, USA. 1881 - Graduate - B.S. (Bachelor of Science) Agriculture - Cornell University in New York. 1885 - Graduate - MD (Medical Degree - Doctor of Medicine) - College of Physicians & Surgeons - Columbia University, New York. 1886 - Invented new operation for a type of deafness by incising the ear drum membrane and published article. Published more articles on the Eye, Eye Muscles, Lens, Cornea, Cataracts, Accommodation, Myopia... from this date onward. Discovered and published Article on properties of the aqueous extract of the suprarenal capsule, `Adrenalin'. 1886 - First Natural Eyesight Improvement Application - Dr. Bates cures a medical student of unclear distant vision, `Myopia' without eyeglasses, surgery, drugs. 1886 -1902 - Eye surgeon - Instructor of Ophthalmology - New York Postgraduate Medical School, Hospital. Dr. Bates teaches the other doctors, medical students to stop wearing their eyeglasses and how to cure their eyesight, myopia with Natural Methods. Dr. Bates natural treatments were successful. He states, proves the natural cure for Myopia, unclear distant vision. (1891 - Dr. Roosa, the chief director of the institution, expelled Dr. Bates in an attempt to hide Natural Eyesight Improvement from the public and maintain the practice of solely prescribing eyeglasses, surgery and drugs.) Dr. Bates then opens his own office, clinic and works for better hospitals. Attending Physician, Surgeon, Clinic Assistant - Manhattan Eye & Ear hospital, Bellevue hospital, New York Eye Infirmary-Northern, Northeastern, Northwestern dispensary & Harlem Hospital. Invented Astigmatic Keratotomy, an operation to correct astigmatism. He discontinued applying this operation after he realized through further study of Natural Eyesight Improvement that the operation eventually impairs the eyes function, cornea, vision, health. It works against the natural function of the eye. Dr. Bates discontinued his hospital schedules for a while and started experimental work, studied the eyes natural function at the laboratory at Columbia University.., Research at the Pathology Laboratory of Dr. Pruden at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. Dr. Bates goes to Grand Forks, North Dakota, (Medical License) and teaches his Natural Eyesight Improvement Method, correct natural use of Snellen Eyecharts in the schools, brings clear vision to the children and teachers. Elected president of the Grand Forks district Medical Society. Back to New York, worked as Attending Physician - Harlem Hospital in New York City. Teaches his method, use of Snellen Eyecharts in the schools, brings clear vision to the children and teachers in New York City. 1911+ - Met Emily C. Lierman. Dr. Bates cured her eyesight, then hired her as his assistant clinic nurse -They worked his experiments in the Physiological Laboratory at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and treated patient's eyesight with natural methods in the Harlem Hospital, Clinic. Many years giving free treatments to the Public. They Married in 1928. Dr Bates performs experiments on the eyes of Animals, Fish proving that the outer eye muscles when tense can alter the shape of the eye, lens and cause unclear vision, cataracts and other conditions. He proves the outer eye muscles, oblique can accommodate the eyes for clear close vision. 1918 - 1924 - Course, book `Strengthening the Eyes' by Bernarr Macfadden & Dr. W. H. Bates - Physical Culture Publishing Co. In later book editions, Only MacFadden's name was listed on the book. 1919 -1930 - Dr. Bates Published his Monthly `Better Eyesight Magazine' - Central-Fixation Publishing Co. - 11 Years-132 Issues recording various Natural Treatments for many different eye conditions of the patients of Dr. Bates, Emily and other doctor's... patients. A Gold Mine, History of Natural Eyesight Improvement Methods, Applications. 1920 - Dr. Bates published his book: `The Cure of Imperfect Sight by Treatment Without Glasses'. 2nd print renamed: `Perfect Sight Without Glasses'. Medical Article - The American Journal of Clinical Medicine 'A Clinical and Experimental Study of Physiological Optics with a view to the Cure of Imperfect Sight Without glasses'. Basic information on The Bates Method. Many Medical Articles proving the effectiveness of The Bates Method were published though the years. Elected Vice President of Allied Medical Associations of America. Stopped work at Harlem Hospital, Clinic and starts Free Clinic treatments day at new location. 1926 - Emily C. A. Lierman (Bates) writes, publishes the book: `Stories From The Clinic' describing The Bates Method, various natural treatments Dr. Bates and Emily applied to cure many different eye conditions for patients in their Clinic. 1931, July 10th - Dr. Bates Deceased, age 70 at his home in New York City. Emily Lierman/Bates, Dr. Harold Peppard, Dr. William B. MacCracken, C.S. Price, Clara Hackett, Margaret Corbett, Aldous Huxley and others continue to teach The Bates Method. Better Eyesight Magazine and Bates Books, Articles were Preserved. Bates Teachers work in Cities in the U.S.A., England, Germany, Spanish Teachers, South Africa,.. 1940 - Emily Lierman, Bates re-published Dr. Bates book with an additional chapter teaching The Bates Method's Application: The Fundamental Principles of Treatment. (The list of treatments is placed in this introduction and is derived from Better Eyesight Magazine, June, 1921 and other issues & Dr. Bates original books). Sometime during her teaching profession she and others continued to bring the Bates Method to California and other states, countries. Thousands of person's eyesight cured naturally. Emily and other teachers made a Movie on `How to Apply The Bates Method'. It is hard to find. 1940 -1941+ - Natural Eyesight Improvement Teachers are sued by the Optical, Medical Industry, Association in an attempt to stop them from teaching The Bates Method. (See Margaret Corbett, Aldous Huxley case in this book.) Optical Industry, AMA, Eye Doctors destroy Dr. Bates Books, Magazines, Articles, remove them from Colleges, Libraries, Bookstores... 1943 - Emily Lierman/Bates re-publishes Dr. Bates book with a new title `Better Eyesight Without Glasses'. Many treatments in the book are removed causing The Bates Method to be mis-understood by students. Students confused Natural Eyesight Improvement with Eye Exercises. (The Bates Method uses relaxation of the mind, body, eye muscles and eyes. Exercise, hard effort is not applied.) Emily wrote this new limited book out of fear of Law Suits, Abuse, Imprisonment by the Medical People(Optical Industry, AMA...) that preferred to continue selling harmful Eyeglasses, Eye Surgery, Drugs and hide Natural Eyesight Improvement from the public. Emily and other Natural Eyesight Improvement Bates Teachers, a few honest Eye Doctors secretly preserved Dr. Bates Original Books, Medical Articles, Better Eyesight Magazines in the U.S.A. and other countries.

Dr. Bates history, books;

Ophthalmologist William H. Bates, M.D. wrote Medical Articles, invented operations, discovered adrenalin, began his experiments and started to cure patient's eyesight naturally in 1886. He published STRENGTHENING THE EYES - A New Course in Scientific Eye Training in 28 Lessons, a kit-book with Bernarr MacFadden, a Natural Health teacher, body builder in 1918.

Dr. Bates worked in hospitals, colleges treating patients without eyeglasses, surgery, drugs. He cured other doctor’s eyesight, taught them Ophthalmology and Natural Eyesight Improvement.

  This resulted in the head surgeon (Dr. Roosa, New York Post Graduate Hospital, Medical School) daring Dr. Bates to prove his statements about natural eye function are fact, then expelling Dr. Bates after Dr. Bates proved his discoveries are a fact and the natural practice is effective. (Read Reason and Authority - Man Not a Reasoning Being in the final chapter of Perfect Sight Without Glasses.)
    Dr. Bates and the Bates Method survived. He was welcome in many hospitals, colleges as he continued to prove his method works. He opened his own office, clinic in New York City. Thousands of people were cured of unclear eyesight, cataract, glaucoma and other conditions. Often Dr. Bates and Emily, his assistant provided free-no charge for treatment clinic days.

See his Better Eyesight Magazine for hundreds of documented natural eyesight cures.

Perfect Sight Without Glasses is Dr. Bates original, first book, it contains the complete, unedited antique edition. Treatments for blindness and other conditions. Some prints from 1920 to 1940 have a picture removed, new added, bit of text changed in the fine print section... and the printers, address are different. The 1940 final print of the book contains; a certificate, letter from T. K. Peters, Oglethorpe University, Ga., Oct., 18th, 1938 stating the book is preserved in the Crypt of Civilization for future generations. A small C eyechart with Suggestions To Patients and step by step directions How To Demonstrate the Fundamental Principles of Treatment are added by Emily A. Bates and an Appreciation by Dr. Bates' Church Reverend, Dr. Rev. Daniel Poling. Editions after 1940 have different titles, are not the complete version of Dr. Bates original book. Many of his natural treatments (The Sunglass, other Sunlight Treatments that can cure blindness, cataract... ), his experiments and all pictures are removed.

+BETTER EYESIGHT (Better Eyesight Magazine) - A MONTHLY MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO THE PREVENTION AND CURE OF IMPERFECT SIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES By Ophthalmologist William H. Bates. 1919 11 Years, July, 1919 to June, 1930. 132 Issues, 2400+ pages. Includes 'STORIES FROM THE CLINIC' By Emily C. Lierman, A. Bates. 123 True Stories of Dr. Bates’ patient’s, treatments. Better Eyesight Magazine describes how Dr. Bates and Emily Lierman/Bates and other teachers, doctors applied Natural Eyesight Improvement, the Bates Method to cure patients of unclear vision, ‘myopia, farsight, presbyopia, astigmatism’, crossed-wandering eyes, cataracts, glaucoma, blindness, conical cornea, cornea scars, retinitis pigmentosa and many other eye-vision problems, disease without use of eyeglasses, surgery, drugs. The true method, it’s origin. They teach how they did it and how to do it yourself. This proves the Bates Method works, is safe and healthy.

    Eye doctors, surgeons and the optical industry became angry, feared they would lose a lot of money as people were being cured naturally and did not need to purchase eyeglasses, surgery and drugs. The eye doctors, opticians tried to stop Dr. Bates from curing his patient's eyes-vision naturally, teaching Natural Eyesight Improvement to the public and certifying teachers.  To date; year 2015+, eye doctors, businesses that prefer to sell; eyeglasses, contact lenses, eye drops, drugs, cornea lasik, cataract... eye surgery continue to hide Natural Eyesight Improvement, the Bates Method, to prevent the public from learning how to obtain clear eyesight and cure, prevent eye problems, disease naturally, on their own.

Teachers trained and certified directly by Dr. Bates are listed in his Better Eyesight Magazine, in this book’s introduction. Magazines, his book are preserved in the Library of Congress. USA. look for '14 volumes'

+STORIES FROM THE CLINIC By Emily C. Lierman 1926

    Doctor, patient experiences, natural treatments in Dr. Bates New York City Clinic, offices.  Emily C. Lierman’s eyesight was cured by Ophthalmologist William H. Bates. She then worked as Dr. Bates assistant in his Clinic in New York City, U.S.A. for many years. They married in 1928. Her name changed to Emily A. Bates.
    Emily Lierman, Bates is known for her kind, gentle, understanding way of treating, teaching adults and children how to obtain clear eyesight and healthy eyes naturally, and for her devotion to Dr. Bates work.  She continued teaching The Bates Method of Natural Eyesight Improvement after Dr. Bates passed away in 1931 and preserved his books, Better Eyesight Magazine. The book contains true stories of their patients, describes the natural treatments that Dr. Bates and Emily applied without use of eyeglasses, surgery, drugs to cure; Unclear Close and Distant Vision (Myopia, Farsight, Presbyopia), Astigmatism, Crossed, Wandering Eyes (Squint-Strabismus), Cataracts, Glaucoma, Cornea Ulcers, Scars, Blindness and other eye problems. A variety of patients, their eye-vision conditions were treated. Dr. Bates, Emily’s patients became teachers, applied Natural Eyesight Improvement to cure many people in the United States and other countries. Children cured by Dr. Bates and Emily then cured their friends, parents, school teachers with the Bates Method. Emily’s ‘Stories From The Clinic’ were originally published in ‘Better Eyesight Magazine’ by Ophthalmologist William H. Bates, Central Fixation Publishing Co., New York City, U.S.A.
    The stories in her book contain a few different, additional sentences, descriptions.   

+THE BATES METHOD FOR BETTER EYESIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES By William H. Bates and Emily C. Lierman, A. Bates 1943 Emily A. Bates published the 1940 and 1943 editions of Dr. Bates book.

 European version; GOOD SIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES    
    1943 and later editions are not the complete version of Dr. Bates original book. Blindness cures; looking into the sun with eyes open (the correct way, specific directions, time limit, eyes moving, blinking...), the sunglass and other original treatments, experiments and all pictures are removed from the book. (Fear of imprisonment, fines due to pressure from eye doctors, optical businesses trying to destroy Dr. Bates work, hide the truth.) Emily may have been reluctant to continue publishing Dr. Bates original book and its true title after Dr. Bates passed away in 1931 and Margaret Corbett, other Bates Method teachers were taken to court in the 1940’s by dishonest eye doctors trying to suppress the Bates Method so they can continue selling eyeglasses, surgery, drugs. Right before Dr. Bates died in 1931 the dishonest eye surgeons... planned to take him to court, take away his medical license and stop him from teaching his natural method.  Emily A. Bates' list of the basic practices 'Fundamental Principles of Treatment' are placed at the end of the 1940, 1943 books. 1940, 1943 by Emily A. Bates. 1940 is the original, has extra pages. 1943 has a full-size Big C Eyechart. Page 53; picture of the human eye.  1968, 18th printing. Owl Book edition 1981.  Other books are labeled by different titles.  Some people alter, corrupt the book’s method.

Teachers and related methods, scientists before and after Dr. Bates;

Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz, Great German Scientist, inventor, philosopher, physics, contributed to optics, electrodynamics, mathematics, physiology, meteorology, measured the speed of the nerve impulse, submitted a theory of color vision, the perception of musical tones. From 'Psychology and Life’, 6th edition. Read the chapter on vision, page 264. Great description of eye movements, fixations, left and right brain hemisphere function with the eyes... He studied the eyes’ lens and invented instruments to inspect the inside of the eye, light rays, retina, lens... 'the ophthalmoscope and ophthalmometer'. He stated his experiments developed the theory that the eyes lens changes shape to produce accommodation, clear close vision. Dr. Bates disagreed with this and produced experiments, stated that the eye changes shape during accommodation but the lens does not. He stated the eye lengthens from front to back during accommodation, 'for clear close vision'. Dr. Bates definitely proved as fact that the outer eye muscles, 'oblique and recti', when tense alter the eyes shape, the eyes refraction of light rays, pressure.., clarity of vision at close and far distances causing; unclear vision, astigmatism, cataract, glaucoma, strabismus and other eye-vision conditions. When the mind, body and eye muscles relax, these conditions are reversed, cured. Ophthalmologist Ferdinand Von Arlt originally studied the theory that the eye accommodates by lengthening, 'like a camera'. Modern eye doctors state they have proved that the lens and eye change shape during accommodation. The eye lengthens a bit when the lens changes shape. So, Dr. Bates and Arlt, Helmholtz are right. Tension in any eye muscle; the outer oblique, recti and inner ciliary-lens, iris-pupil muscles and even the tear gland and eyelid-blinking muscles can affect eachother's function, the eyes function and the clarity of vision. Neck, shoulder and even back, body muscle tension, incorrect posture can affect the eye muscles and clarity of vision.

+STRENGTHENING THE EYES - A New Course in Scientific Eye Training in 28 Lessons By Bernarr A. Macfadden and William H. Bates, M.D. 1918, 1924, 1925. His first book; Strong Eyes - How weak Eyes Can Be Strengthened And Spectacles Discarded 1901.

    Possibly the first person or one of the first people to write a book about Natural Eyesight Improvement. 1901 is a good book, has wonderful poetry.., but needed some improvement. Contains a few practices I do not recommend. In later years, MacFadden with the help of Dr. Bates wrote a new book with many changes, additions; The 1918, 1924-1925 book ‘eyesight kit’ editions of 'STRENGTHENING THE EYES' is a result of Bernarr MacFadden learning Ophthalmologist William H. Bates Method of Natural Eyesight Improvement, in person training from Dr. Bates.  MacFadden published Physical Culture ; A fitness, natural health, food, body building magazine. In this magazine and other magazines, newspapers Dr. Bates and MacFadden advertised the Bates Method, their ‘Strengthening the Eyes' Natural Eyesight Course consisting of training booklets, 28 lessons and an eyechart. This and Dr. Bates Medical Articles, work around 1886 started the Natural Eyesight (Vision) Improvement revolution.  In later years MacFadden turned the kit into a book. 
    Dr. Bates name was on most 1918-1925 red cover kits as author with MacFadden. Later book editions were authored only by MacFadden. Did Dr. Bates want to change, improve some of the practices in the book? Or maybe he preferred to place all his attention on his projects; Better Eyesight Magazine, Perfect Sight Without Glasses, Medical Articles, Clinic work. Bates 1919-1920 book, magazines contain many new practices. MacFadden's practice of looking at 'shifting on' small parts of a close object (pencil), then looking beyond it to a far object on the horizon; looking at the far object's small parts, then back to the pencil, then far, then pencil... improves the eyesight quickly to 20/20 and clearer. Perfect convergence, divergence improve all eye-vision function. Bernarr MacFadden is one of the first Natural Health, Physical Fitness teachers. Sadly, he died in 1955 from a urinary tract infection after refusing standard medical doctor's treatment.  Many people have improved their vision with the Bates Method. It is hidden by the medical community due to its success, competition; prevents need for glasses, surgery... The Bates Method works if the patient will learn and apply it. Many people prefer eyeglasses or surgery; a quick fix with no study, practice. Glasses, contacts, surgery are addictive, maintain and increase eye-vision problems, cause cataract, detached retina...  With a little practice the Bates Method ‘natural eye-vision function’ becomes automatic and conscious practice is not needed.  
    

+EL USO NATURAL DE LA VISION (THE NATURAL USE OF VISION) By Dr. Ramon Ruiz Arnau, M.D. 1924 Spanish - Berkley, CA Optometry Library; http://oskicat.berkeley.edu/search~S1?/cRE925+.R93+1924/cre++925+r93+1924/-3%2C-1%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=cre++925+r93+1924&1%2C1%2C Studied, successfully taught Dr. Bates Method. Preserved in the Library of Congress. USA From Dr. Bates in Better Eyesight Magazine, Nov., 1924;

    "This book should appeal to Spanish-speaking people, because it contains numerous demonstrations of the truth which make it possible to cure imperfect sight by treatment without glasses. In the magazine, "Better Eyesight," of May, 1920, is an article by Dr. Arnau with the title "My Headaches" in which he describes at length how he was cured of chronic headaches and imperfect sight by treatment without glasses. As a result of his cure he has become able to give relief to his patients.  The author's most important contribution is his claim that the true use of the ciliary muscle is not to increase the curvature of the lens when the eye is focused for reading at the near point, but just the opposite: The ciliary muscle prevents any change of form in the curvature of the crystalline lens.  He has written a great deal about mind strain as the real and only cause of defective eye-sight. He discusses the unconscious movements of the vegetative functions of the body, circulation, respiration and the constant mental shifting as entirely in accord with the new ideas of Einstein, Korbzyski and others. The Tachorthoscope was discovered by Dr. Arnau. It is an apparatus for the treatment of patients who are not benefited promptly by other methods.   (It shows that voluntary or artificial attention, as is with spontaneous attention, oscillates, needs alternate contractions and relaxations. Forcing one fixation causes fatigue, lowers the vision.., perfect perception. Constant voluntary muscle contraction creates spasms, results in many impaired body, mind... functions.)  He has also investigated the use of music by which some patients find an easy way to obtain a short swing through the auditory memory." 

Here's another Spanish book on Scribd; Different author listed. EL MÉTODO NATURAL DEL OFTALMÓLOGO NORTE AMERICANO DOCTOR W. H. BATES J. de S’Agaró Como se recupera la VISIÓN NORMALSIN GAFAS; I have not read it entirely, can’t read full Spanish so am not sure if the entire method is taught correct by this author.

+BETTER SIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES OR CONTACT LENSES By Harry Benjamin N. D. 1929 Also wrote a book on his experience with Myopia, books on Diet and Vegetarianism. Cured many people of defective sight. Describes how glasses impair the eyes natural accommodation, other functions. Good chapter on Mental Strain. Lot of pictures, easy to learn; the sway, swing, looking close and far to return natural accommodation, memory, imagination... Nutrition for the eyes. Very good book. Possibly trained with Dr. Bates.

+THE IMPROVEMENT OF SIGHT BY NATURAL METHODS - A Complete Treatise Upon the Newer Methods of Treating all Conditions of Imperfect Sight by Natural Means, and Obviating the Necessity for Glasses, Drugs, or Operations 1934 By Cecil S. Price

    Trained by Ophthalmologist Bates. Captain of the Australian Army Medical Corps, Principal of the School of Eyesight Training (London). This is from Dr. Bates in Better Eyesight Magazine, Jan., and Mar., 1925;
    "Capt. C. S. Price, of London, England, will visit Dr. Bates around the latter part of January. He is planning to discuss with Dr. Bates the best methods which are employed for the cure of imperfect sight without glasses. The spread of Dr. Bates' method in England is largely due to Capt. Price's enthusiasm and success in helping others. There are now two clinics, and a Better Eyesight League in England, all reporting favorable results. Capt. Price has been the guest of Dr. Bates for several weeks. Dr. Bates wishes to announce that he finds Captain Price thoroughly capable of curing imperfect sight by his methods."

+SIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES By Optometrist, Dr. Harold M. Peppard 1936

    Worked with and was trained in The Bates Method by Ophthalmologist Bates. Continued Dr. Bates work in New York City with Dr. Bates' wife Emily A. Bates after Dr. Bates death in 1931.
    Book has step by step Bates Method directions for various eye problems. The effect health, stress, diet, neck, shoulder tension and headaches... have on the eyes, vision. He states that imperfect, slow-stiff close distance eye convergence sometimes occurs as we age and is the cause of presbyopia, unclear reading vision.  It is easily corrected. The Bates Method, long swing and reading fine, microscopic print is the natural cure.  Glasses cause stiffness, impair convergence, accommodation.
    After Dr. Bates passed away, the eye doctors that prefer to sell eyeglasses, eye surgery and drugs, to hide the Bates Method, Dr. Bates work and discoveries tried to destroy Dr. Bates books, Better Eyesight Magazines. Emily Lierman, A. Bates and others preserved Dr. Bates work. Dr. Peppard and other honest doctors helped to protect Emily during this time and preserve Dr. Bates Original unedited book 'Perfect Sight Without Glasses', His Medical Articles and 132 Monthly Better Eyesight Magazine Issues.  See picture on the right >  Dr. Monroe J. Hirsch preserves Dr. Bates magazines in a medical college library.  (Movies, books Dr. Bates and Emily stated they created and were in process of creating are ‘missing’.)

+USE YOUR OWN EYES 1937 +NORMAL SIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES By Dr. William B. MacCracken, M.D. 1945

    Trained by Dr. Bates. Very successful in his medial practice curing his patient’s eyesight with the Bates Method. A blind student I work with has success with this doctor's book.  From the book;
    In many cases it is quite practicable to teach a patient who is having trouble with eyesight how to correct the abnormal function and regain good normal vision. There are different techniques, or procedures, in the method originated by Dr. Bates. They are all very simple, and they are varied so that they are adaptable to every kind of condition, and temperament and opportunity. In this book all of these practices will be described so that it will be possible to learn definitely from the text how to carry them out.
      Dr. MacCracken’s books and MacFadden's are free on GoogleBooks.   
+SEEING WITHOUT GLASSES  By Dr. Emery C. Ingham   1941  Dr. Ingham was trained in the Bates Method of Natural Eyesight Improvement by her mother, Doctor Clara Ingham who was trained in person by Ophthalmologist Bates, the founder of the Bates Method of Natural Eyesight Improvement. Both had clear eyesight their entire life. She is mentioned in Dr. Bates monthly magazine as a qualified teacher and she posted in the magazine; 
     By Dr. Bates;  Dr. Ingham, who also practices by Dr. Bates' method, is going back to Oregon. She will have access to the orphanage, and expects to start the system there free of charge.Aldous Huxley Dr. Ingham is a true member of the League. She not only gives her time, but her valuable experience in curing defective eyesight. She is most enthusiastic and we hope to hear very favorable results of her work in Oregon, and that a BETTER EYESIGHT LEAGUE is established there.  Perfect Book!  

+THE ART OF SEEING By Aldous Huxley 1942 Almost blind, he learned the Bates Method, was trained by Margaret Corbett and improved his eyesight, could see without glasses, prevented the full, permanent blindness that his eye doctors stated would definitely occur. Sunlight and palming were two of his favorite practices. Famous writer ‘Brave New World’ and other books. Read his experience in Margaret Corbett’s story below.

+EYES - THEIR USE AND ABUSE - How to Improve Defective Sight 1948 By Ethel Beswick Worked with Cecil S. Price and other teachers, studied Dr. Bates work. Nice short book, straight to the subject, contains the basic training, variety of information.

Margaret Corbett - Trained by Dr. Bates. Cured Aldous Huxley, Prevented Blindness. Fought in Court Many Times to Protect the Right of the Public to Teach Natural Eyesight Improvement; +HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SIGHT - SIMPLE DAILY DRILLS IN RELAXATION (How to Improve Your Eyes) 1938 +HELP YOURSELF TO BETTER SIGHT 1949 +A QUICK GUIDE TO BETTER VISION; HOW TO HAVE GOOD EYESIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES By Margaret Corbett 1957

    Margaret Corbett is a Natural Eyesight Improvement teacher that worked with and was trained as a Bates teacher by Dr. Bates. She cured famous writer Aldous Huxley's eyesight, saved him from blindness. She improved the eyesight of many people, including pilots and people of various professions in the military, stars in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
    In the 1940’s, California; eye doctors and people in the optical-medical profession tried to stop Margaret Corbett and her assistant from teaching the public how to improve their eyesight naturally and stop use of eyeglasses. They accused her of practicing optometry without a license. They brought her and others to court a few times. Aldous Huxley and other cured Bates Method graduates were witnesses, testified for Margaret Corbett. Huxley proved that she improved his eyesight, he sees clear without glasses. Many people proved she cured them of cataract, near blindness and other eye-vision conditions, proved they had healthy retinas due to Bates’ sunlight practice and obtained clear eyesight, freedom from eyeglasses.

She won the 2 cases brought against her and later improved the eyesight of more people that were in the courtroom that day and worldwide. Other teachers won similar cases.

    Aldous Huxley Before Natural Vision Improvement. Strong Glasses, Partial BlindnessShe was accused of violating the Medical Practice Act of CA for treating the eyes without a license. Mrs. Corbett explained in court that she was not practicing optometry or ophthalmology, is not acting as a doctor. That she is only an instructor of eyesight training.  After she won the cases; the optometrists and ophthalmologists fought back by proposing a bill in the CA State Legislature to cause eyesight education to be illegal without an optometry... or medical license.

The bill was defeated. New York succeeded in passing bills. Emily A. Bates, in N.Y. was affected by this abuse. The bills were eventually discontinued.

    Huxley wrote the book; 'The Art of Seeing' in 1942 to describe the Bates Method and how his eyesight was cured.  See his pictures on the right > ;   top picture - strong, thick eyeglasses, unclear eyesight, near blindness before Natural Eyesight Improvement.  Bottom picture - without eyeglasses, he has clear eyesight after his eyes-sight was cured by the Bates Method.
   Critics state that later in life, Huxley was giving a speech and could not read part of a page without using a magnifyer glass. People must realize that it is normal for the clarity of vision to fluctuate and especially when under pressure, a bit nervous giving a speech while knowing 'certain people' will be working against him, hoping his vision won't be perfect. Aldous Huxley had a major eye problem, was almost completely blind before treatment from Margaret Corbett. Age 16; attack of keratitis punctate, had opacities on the cornea blocking his vision, hyperopia, astigmatism. He wore very strong glasses for years and used a powerful magnifying glass to read. These things further impaired his vision. The Bates Method helped correct this. His eye injuries were not 100% cured but after the Bates Method he could see well.  Due to the injuries he used a magnifier occasionally, mainly to see in dim light. Read Aldous wife’s book for facts;  his eyesight and the Bates Method;

This Timeless Moment; A Personal View of Aldous Huxley by Laura Archera Huxley. Margaret Corbett published other books.

    Aldous Huxley After Natual Vision Improvement. No Glasses. Blindness Prevented, Sees Clear

For many years, since eyeglasses were invented and sold to the public, eye doctors and optical businesses that prefer to hide the truth about Natural Eyesight Improvement and to prescribe/sell eyeglasses, eye surgery and drugs have tried to stop true Bates Method teachers from teaching the public how to cure unclear eyesight and other eye problems naturally without glasses, surgery and drugs. Bates teachers are often threatened with lawsuits, fines, imprisonment by organized eye doctors, surgeons. Eyeglasses are addictive, lead to prescriptions for stronger and stronger lenses, cause and increase; mental strain, eye muscle tension, eyestrain, vision impairment, abnormal eye, cornea, lens shape, tension on and inside the eye, cornea, lens, retina, optic nerve, eye muscle nerves, capillaries and all parts of the eye, increase eye pressure resulting in; unclear eyesight, astigmatism, crossed/wandering eyes, cataracts, detached retina, broken retina blood vessels, macula degeneration, glaucoma and other eye problems. Eye doctors prescribe laser and other cornea surgeries which are very harmful to the eyes and result in unclear day and night vision, blindness, pain, light streaks, halos, impaired light tolerance and other eye-vision problems. Lifelong sales of eye drops, other treatments, more destructive surgery and eyeglasses after cornea surgery profit the doctors and drug companies. 2 other Wiki pages about Dr. Bates have been taken over by eye doctors and high priced teachers, authors. They removed Dr. Bates free books and linked to a expensive optometry book ($400.00). Inside the book they wrote a article putting down Dr. Bates work, method. They also link on Wiki to dishonest high priced teachers. This page will also probably be corrupted by them sooner or later. So download the free pdfs on the bottom of the page while you can.).

(Some honest eye doctors are teaching the Bates Method.) Natural Eyesight Improvement improves the clarity of eyesight and health of the eyes without side effects.

+RELAX AND SEE; A DAILY GUIDE TO BETTER VISION By Clara A. Hackett 1955 Great Natural Vision Improvement teacher. One of the first Bates Method Teachers. She placed some of her training in audio. I heard it once. Can’t find a copy. May have trained with Dr. Bates, Margaret Corbett and other Bates teachers.

+YOUR INNATE POWER 1967 By Olive Lyle Brown Very interesting, uplifting book. Combines methods of Dr. Roger Vittoz, F. Matthias Alexander, Dr. William H. Bates and others. Healthy Mind/Body technique, healing on all levels. Shows how to think, control thoughts a certain ‘correct’ way to improve function, health of mind, body and spirit. Positive effect on the eyesight. These old techniques are different, very effective from their original creator.

+NATURAL VISION IMPROVEMENT By Janet Goodrich 1985 +HELP YOUR CHILD TO PERFECT EYESIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES By Janet Goodrich 1996 Famous Teacher. Preserved the Bates Method in Modern Times. Discovered New, Extra Beneficial Practices. Trained Thomas Quackenbush+NATURAL VISION IMPROVEMENT By Janet Goodrich 1985 +HELP YOUR CHILD TO PERFECT EYESIGHT WITHOUT GLASSES By Janet Goodrich 1996 Famous Natural Vision Improvement Teacher. Variety of Original and Modern Bates Method practices. Reichian Therapy. Free videos, audios. Covers all aspects of Natural Vision practice. Wrote other books. Thomas Quackenbush was trained, certified to be a Natural Vision Teacher by Janet Goodrich. Janet passed away in 1999. Worked as a teacher, author; 1970 -1999. CARINA GOODRICH (Janet Goodrich's daughter) now runs the school and published a book; +THE PRACTICAL GUIDE TO NATURAL VISION IMPROVEMENT 2010 Original and Modern Natural Vision Improvement. She has a lifetime of experience learning and teaching this method with her mom and family. Very good book! Bates teachers do not use the artificial 3-D fusion ‘Merging Circles’... in the Goodrich books. Prefer it to be applied ONLY by an eye doctor. (also called Auto-Streograms, Magic Eyes.) It's only for an Optometrist, Ophthalmologist to apply a specific way for each individual case if necessary to treat strabismus. Done wrong it can cause strabismus, double vision. The Bates Method alone can correct crossed, wandering eyes without the artificial 3-D. The Goodrich books, school also has natural 3-D practices.

+HEALTH AND LIGHT By John N. Ott 1973 One of the first to study sunlight and it’s benefit to life, health, eyesight, sleep, brain function. With his experiments he proved the healthy effects sunlight has on the body, brain, eyes and eyesight. Dr. Bates observed and proved many times that lack of sunlight causes unclear vision, cataracts, many eye diseases and blindness. The eyes must have full spectrum sunlight, no eyeglasses, to remain healthy and see clear.

+TAKE OFF YOUR GLASSES AND SEE - A Mind/Body Approach to Expanding Your Eyesight and Insight +LIGHT; MEDICINE OF THE FUTURE By Jacob Liberman, Optometrist 1995 1991 Liberman and Ott teach the subject of light perfect! Experiments, directions included. Indoor full spectrum lightbulbs improve health, eyesight.

+EYE EXERCISE CARD - DO IT YOURSELF - NATURAL EYESIGHT IMPROVEMENT 1996, 1999, 2007, 2008 Copyrights, 4 books Ophthalmologist William H. Bates books, magazines and books by Clark Night preserved in paperback and PDF. Click #1, my name, then #1 to see books; http://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?Search_Arg=EYE+EXERCISE+CARD&Search_Code=TALL&PID=mu2dCN42gFzP8kromYRd_blKVH&SEQ=20131103082801&CNT=25&HIST=1 +DO IT YOURSELF - NATURAL EYESIGHT IMPROVEMENT - Original and Modern Bates Method With Better Eyesight Magazine By Ophthalmologist William H. Bates +BETTER EYESIGHT MAGAZINES BY OPHTHALMOLOGIST WILLIAM H. BATES by Clark Night, (Mary Iva Oliver), Clearsight Publishing Co. Also preserves Dr. Bates, Emily C. Lierman, A. Bates books, Medical Articles and 132 Better Eyesight Magazine issues in text with 500 pictures and in the original antique print. They are public domain. On GoogleBooks for free download.

Natural Vision Improvement is not eye 'exercises'. It is practice of correct, relaxed, natural vision habits, normal vision function.

Thomas Quackenbush - Author, Teacher. The Best! Preserved Dr. Bates Better Eyesight Magazines, Method For the Modern Public. Has Improved Many Original Methods, Discovered New. +RELEARNING TO SEE - IMPROVE YOUR EYESIGHT NATURALLY! 1997 By Thomas R. Quackenbush +BETTER EYESIGHT; THE COMPLETE MAGAZINES OF WILLIAM H. BATES 2001 Edited By Thomas R. Quackenbush www.naturalvisioncenter.com

    Thomas Quackenbush is an Original and Modern Bates Method, Natural Vision Improvement teacher. He is the first person, the pioneer (after Dr. Bates) that restored Dr. Bates Better Eyesight Magazine, preserved 11 years, 132 issues into one book. Tom’s book, the magazines brought Dr. Bates work, the entire Bates Method, true Natural Vision Improvement to the modern public. 
    Tom is the first modern teacher that has not hidden Dr. Bates Better Eyesight Magazine, books. Many teachers before him took full credit for Ophthalmologist Bates work and hid Dr. Bates magazines, books so the public could not learn for free, have complete training. This true source of the Bates Method was and still is hidden because; it is simple, easy and people do not have to pay money to learn, apply and teach it. It’s free in libraries in the U.S., Europe. Mr. Quackenbush's books also enable people that are low income, cannot travel to have access to the best, complete and honest priced Natural Vision Improvement Training.  
    ON his website; See his link to the FDA for warnings about vision impairment, blindness caused by laser and other cornea surgery. See pictures of his school, the teacher and students in action!

He trained thousands of students and certified hundreds of students to be teachers. His books are free in public libraries.

RESTORING YOUR EYESIGHT - A TAOIST APPROACH By Doug Marsh, Foreword By Thomas R. Quackenbush 2006 Excellent Natural Vision training and in depth information about how the mind, emotions, thoughts... influence eyesight. Describes how eyeglasses injure the eyes, vision; how they are most always prescribed too strong and incorrect leading to fast impairment of the vision and eyes’ health causing addiction to stronger and stronger eyeglass lenses. One example; Abnormal lighting in the exam room and eye test machine ups the prescription; its too strong. Mr. Marsh attended Thomas Quackenbush's school, studied his books and other teacher’s books, training.

BOOKS TEACHING LEFT AND RIGHT BRAIN HEMISPHERE ACTIVATION AND INTEGRATION For equal, perfect clear eyesight in the left and right eyes at all distances (close, middle, far) and improvement of all brain functions with the visual system and perfect function of eye muscles. (This advanced study, practice started in the 1960’s.) ; +PERSONALIZED WHOLE BRAIN INTEGRATION 1985 By Paul E. Dennison and Gail E. Hargrove +BRAIN GYM By Paul E. Dennison and Gail E. Dennison +SWITCHING ON By Paul E. Dennison (They have more books) +DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN 1979, 1989, 1999 By Betty Edwards

    Left and right brain hemisphere activation and integration for equally clear eyesight in the left and right eyes at all distances close, middle and far. Awakens, improves all brain functions and areas of the brain not always used in this modern time. Improves artistic skills, creativity, memory, imagination, math, science, sports performance, emotions, all skills-functions of the brain, brain hemispheres, visual cortex, body and many other functions. The exercises, methods in these 4 books also help correct unclear vision, astigmatism, crossed-wandering eyes, amblyopia and other eye, eyesight problems. As the brain, body function, relaxation improves, this automatically improves the eyesight.

Robert Monroe, Discovery, Hemi-Sync - Out of Body Research+JOURNEYS OUT OF THE BODY and FAR JOURNEYS, ULTIMATE JOURNEY 1971+ By Robert A. Monroe Left and right brain hemisphere activation, integration, synchronization, deep relaxation into the alpha, theta, delta brain wave states. Improves memory, imagination, color visualization, energy strengthening and control, freedom from negative emotions, thought patterns. Spiritual growth, travel and other practices. All improve the eyesight! Discovery lessons, Hemi Sync. Also see the book; Captain of My Ship, Master of My Soul BY F. Holmes Atwater, (Skip Atwater) and Joseph McMoneagle Military training in remote viewing 'a type of astral projection' for protection of the United States and Allies. Check out the colored energy, energy bar tool, balloon! The Bates Method has grown, many aspects. A wholistic, integrated practice improving the eyes-vision-mind-body-energy and sprit!

PSYCHO-CYBERNETICS, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life 1967 By Maxwell Maltz M.D., F.I.C.S. Plastic surgeon notices; after many patients’ facial and other abnormalities are corrected by surgery, the patient still acts shy, their self-image is low, they continue to have problems achieving success and confidence. Dr. Maltz studies this and develops a method to control the brain, thoughts, emotions and release, increase your inner brain... power, achieve your goals. This method really works! A bit like self-hypnosis but different. Also has a positive spiritual effect.

+THE EFT MANUAL - Emotional Freedom Techniques 2008 By Gary and Tina Craig This is the original guy! Others have corrupted his method. Craig teaches it correct. Similar to Acupressure, Karate energy control. Aligns, corrects and strengthens the body's energy 'chi' and other energies. When energy blocks are removed, energy flows correct and negative emotions, trauma... is removed from the mind/brain. Mental and physical health improves. Helps military persons cure post-traumatic stress, anxiety-panic attack disorder (PTSD). Works for removing mental, emotional blocks that cause unclear eyesight.

Also search for; Magnus Tapping.

THE MIDWEST CENTER for Stress and Anxiety By Lucinda Bassett I like this teacher, have her course, tapes and books. On many TV talk shows providing free training, people cured of extreme fear. A great and very good hearted natural drug free anxiety, depression, stress cures teacher, motivational speaker. Rational Emotive, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy.

THE SMALL BOOK 1989 and RATIONAL RECOVERY 1996 By Jack Trimpey and Albert Ellis Ph. D. Natural alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous and other often ineffective, destructive phony psychology, psychiatry and religious methods. Rational Recovery, ‘RR’, Rational Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy puts YOU in control, power over your own mind, emotions, health and life. Freedom from dependence upon others and use, abuse by others.

HEALING BACK PAIN - The Mind-Body Connection John E. Sarno, M.D 1979+ Many books, natural pain... cures.

+The ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Dance, Physical Therapy and other methods to correct the posture, movement, balance, coordination, function of the body with the eyes and eyesight; brings clear eyesight, improved hearing and other health benefits. Incorrect posture-movement causes tension, pressure, pulling of the vertebrae, muscles in the body, back and especially the neck, shoulders and head. This causes tension, pressure and pulling on the spine, spinal cord, brainstem, nerves, blood, lymph vessels in the spine, body, neck, and those that travel to the head, brain, ears, sinus.., eyes, retina, eye muscles. This disrupts function of the eyes, eye muscles, retina, lens, hearing, balance and even the brain and optic nerve. This results in unclear eyesight, impaired eye health and impairs coordinated, relaxed movement of the head, body with the eyes and a relaxed mobile neck. Correct, relaxed eye movement (shifting, convergence, divergence...) is restricted, stiff and unbalanced. Correct posture, movement, relaxation, good diet returns the body, mind/brain, eyes and eye muscles to normal health and function resulting in clear eyesight. I prefer Physical Therapy, Movement, Tai Chi and other natural movements, postures like the Alexander Technique invented by Frederick Matthias Alexander. Dr. Bates likes these methods, doctors. Three teacher’s books on movement, the mind;

+ THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE: THE ESSENTIAL WRITINGS OF Frederick Matthias Alexander.

      Also known by F. M. Alexander. 

+ Man's Supreme Inheritance: Conscious Guidance and Control in Relation to Human Evolution + Constructive Conscious Control of the Individual (Man's Supreme Inheritance, V. 2) + The Use of the Self (He has other books)

THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD By Moshé Feldenkrais; + Awareness Through Movement: Health Exercises for Personal Growth, to Improve Your Posture, Vision,

  Imagination, and Personal Awareness

+ The Potent Self: A Study of Spontaneity and Compulsion + Body Awareness as Healing Therapy: The Case of Nora (He has other books)

DR. ROGER VITTOZ; + Treatment of neurasthenia by teaching of brain control (1911) + Treatment of neurasthenia by means of brain control (1913) + Les confréries de Lausanne au Moyen Âge

Be sure to obtain THEIR books. Not new ones created by different teachers that alter or impersonate the method. A few originals are free on GoogleBooks. Public domain books, are free in PDF on Google.

BOOKS TEACHING HOW THE BODY, BRAIN and EYES CONNECT, WORK TOGETHER; How the body, neck muscles, nerves, circulation affect, connect to the head, brain, certain parts, functions of the brain, eyes, ears-hearing, sinus and other systems. Some teachers combine training of the Alexander Method... with other movement... methods. Some teachers are very good but others impersonate the original teachers, authors and teach incorrect. Choose carefully. I have used two spine, neck alignment methods ‘without touching, twisting... my neck, spine’. They are safe alternatives to the risky, often dangerous method of chiropractic. Also used various physical therapy/movement methods, some yoga. I prefer to stay with the original books by Frederick Matthias Alexander and other safe methods. One popular eye-body teacher is strange; he sells unnatural methods such as pinhole glasses without listing the side effects. Much of his training seems to be ‘made up’, missing parts, not teaching the true connection of the body, nerves, muscles with the eyes and brain.

    True teachers prefer study of ophthalmology, nervous, circulatory, lymph, energy systems, muscles, massage, myofascial release (to relax contracted muscles, muscle knots, improve blood, lymph flow, and improve the muscle stretch reflex), acupressure and EFT.   The spiritual, energy bodies also affect the health of the physical body and mind. Healing from a higher ^ level.


Will add pictures of Dr. Bates to this page if Wiki keeps it online, not altered by the bad guys.

Ophthalmologist Bates books free download on GoogleBooks;

Better Eyesight Magazine 132 issues in one book

Bates 1920 book Perfect Sight Without GLasses

Search William H. Bates on GoogleBooks and the Library of Congress for more copies of his magazines, book.

The Magazines are free online; do a thorough search. Some websites omit years, months and have misspellings.