Natural Vision Improvement is based on the work of New York ophthalmologist William H. Bates, MD, who in the early 1900’s took an educational approach to improving eyesight without the use of artificial lenses or surgery.
Dr. Bates developed the teaching model now known as the Bates Method of Natural Vision Improvement, or just Natural Vision Improvement. It is educational in nature, not medical. It is not intended to replace the medical care provided by an eye doctor or other healthcare professional. (Please see your eye doctor or other professional healthcare provider regarding your health or the health of your eyes.)
Natural Vision Improvement is often taught by certified teachers, coaches and other educators who have experienced natural vision improvement themselves and desire to share the benefits of Natural Vision Improvement education with others.
Natural Vision Improvement is a re-eduction. It is learning to let go of strain and relearning to see clearly in the relaxed and effortless way nature intended.
Rather than learning something new, Natural Vision Improvement is relearning something forgotten. Seeing clearly should take no effort at all. It just happens naturally. But if habitual mental and physical strain replace the relaxed and effortless way of seeing, vision can be adversely affected.
A variety of issues can occur, including:
- Blurry vision
- Distorted vision
- Double vision
- Light sensitivity
- Eye discomfort
- Dry, burning or itchy eyes
Natural Vision Improvement is a mindfulness practice. It involves developing a subtle awareness of how you are using your mind and eyes, realizing when you are holding tension mentally and physically and learning to let it go. As you remember and relearn to relax and re-establish the natural state of mental and visual ease, clear vision can return.
In this way, it is more similar to gentle yoga than a strenuous workout at the gym. Rather than doing a regimen of exercises, Natural Vision Improvement aims to develop the subtle practice of relaxing and letting go of any effort at all.