The Truth about the Bates Method

6 Oct 2009 at 17:05 (Random Randomness) (, , , )

Yaiiieeee! Okay, my eyes are definitely better since I stopped wearing glasses (a thousand curses upon you, ye treacherous pieces of glass!). I know this because I found my old specs – the ones that caused me to discard them forever – and good gracious! They were so strong. But still my eyesight is far from normal and now I think I know why.

It was pure chance that I came across a negative review of Quackenbush’s book on Scamazon and noticed he himself replied and it turns out, you know, I was doing it wrong all along. Here’s what he said, anyway:

Here are some facts, instead of fiction:

  1. Thousands of people have improved their eyesight with the Bates Method. (See the 132 magazines in “Better Eyesight: The Complete Magazines of William H. Bates” for many documented case histories. I have personally watched thousands of students improve their eyesight for nearly 25 years of teaching. In fact up to 80% of my students have been referrals from satisfied students.
  2. The basis of the Bates Method is not “exercises.” The fact is most people who have approached the Bates Method using exercises have failed. For the Bates Method to be successful, one needs to re-establish correct, natural, relaxed vision habits “all day long” [Bates]. This is what Dr. Bates actually stated and taught. After he died in 1931 his teachings have been distorted and misunderstood as exercises for 20 minutes a day. If you keep wrong vision habits, you will not succeed.
  3. The Bates Method has never stated that accommodation (focusing near and far) occurs by the cornea changing. Dr. Bates believed the external eye muscles produced accommodation. This is mostly wrong; but is irrelevant. The lens is the primary mechanism of accommodation. It is controlled by the ciliary (internal) eye muscle. If this muscles is not functioning normally, then accommodation will likely not occur. (There are some reports of lensless accommodation.) Who cares what the mechanism of accommodation is when people improve their eyesight naturally?
  4. There are many people 60, 70, 80, 90+ who still accommodate. I have watched hundreds of people improve their so-called old-age presbyopia. So, getting reading glasses obviously not necessary.
  5. No one has ever stated the Bates Method is a “quick fix.”
  6. Eye glasses ruin eyesight, a common experience of almost everyone who wears them. It is strangely curious that most eye doctors prefer to not talk about this fact. What is your vision like after wearing glasses for an hour or two? Most people say they see worse than before they put the glasses on. Optometrists and ophthalmologists (I have taught both in my Bates classes) are taught that people are helpless—that poor eyesight is either genetic or due to old age. So they will give you glasses, drugs and surgery (sound familiar?), which can never remove the ***cause*** of blurred vision, and which make your eyesight worse. This is one reason it never gets better! The conventional solution for eyesight makes eyesight worse.
  7. Natural vision students are encouraged to have their eyesight monitored by an eye doctor.
  8. It is impossible to prove a negative proposition. Every highly trained scientist knows this.
  9. “They can’t teach you what they don’t know, and they can’t lead you where they won’t go.”
    Have you ever seen your eyesight fluctuate? Down at times when you have more stress; up at other times when you are more relaxed? Almost everyone I have asked this question to for the last 25 years has said, “Yes.” If you say “Yes” also, then your own experience contradicts virtually every eye doctor in the world who keep telling people “Eyesight cannot improve.”

Think for yourself, and benefit from it. Follow the solutions from eye doctors and you will never see naturally clearly with your own eyes: Guaranteed.
Let’s get the facts, not fiction, before drawing conclusions.

Tom Quackenbush, Author of “Relearning to See: Improve Your Eyesight—Naturally”, the world’s best selling natural eyesight improvement book


  1. Leah said,

    Hiya Silver!

    My daughter first took NEI-classes with Tom about one year ago. Her eyesight improved from -4.5 and -4.75 to -3 for both eyes.
    She took teacher training classes with Tom last summer, and is a certified Bates teacher herself now. She can guarantuee you – well, anyone, actually – that the Bates method really works.
    AND… she wants to meet you!

    ~ Leah

    • Silver Arrows said,

      Crikey! Wow! I believe you Leah! I’ve been doing it wrong all this time, but I’m not sure what to do on my own? Heh heh do I get free lessons then?

      PS I sent an email to you a while back, but the only address I have for you is your simtales one, so I don’t know if you got it or not?

  2. CJ Hinke said,

    It’s pretty simple–just take off your glasses and ‘see’ for yourself. I now only wear distance glasses for driving or watching TV.

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