It involves a holistic approach that does not use any medications or surgery to protect your eyesight and reverse or stop progressive degenerative disorders. It's safe, easy and best of all it works.
He found through his research that nearly all of the vision problems associated with the eyes were simply a case of constant high levels of eyestrain, causing the eyes to malfunction so to speak and manifest different symptoms, such as myopia also known as “nearsightedness” or “short sightedness”, hyperopia also known as "farsightedness" or "long sightedness", blurry vision, double vision, and more.
His technique for natural vision improvement involved using relaxation practices to lessen the effect of this eyestrain and reverse the damage that it had caused.
The issue that comes up with the Bates Method is that it doesn't have the support of the mainstream medical world. There haven't been any extensive studies done on the subject yet, and so there is a lot of skepticism going around about whether or not it actually works.
On the other side of the fence you have the hundreds and thousands of individual people with positive testimonials as to the effectiveness of the technique. Even Aldous Huxley, contemporary author of “Brave New World” and Doors of Perception” stood behind Bates by claiming that the technique worked.
Opponents of the method state that physiologically, the shape of the eyeball actually changes when certain eyesight disorders come about, meaning that relaxation or strengthening techniques would be completely ineffective.
They've even gone on to say that there are a lot of negative risks associated with the technique, and that by doing it you might actually be putting your eyes in danger.
So what are these controversial techniques?
The first method that Dr. Bates proposes is called palming, which involves covering your eyes with the palms of your hands for a few minutes, shutting off all outside light, and allowing them to rest for a short period of time.
The eyes will be faced with only an impenetrable black, even if they're open. This takes all the strain off the eyes and allows them to reset, in a manner of speaking.
Bates was also a proponent of visualization, which would allow you to strengthen your visual memory. To do this, sit or lie down comfortably and then concentrate on one specific object. Close your eyes and try to picture that object exactly how it was, with all its details.
Open your eyes again to get a fix on the object and then close your eyes one more time and work to try to picture it exactly as it is in real life. This method, Bates claimed, it could help your brain process visual images and recreate them more accurately.
These methods haven't been proven yet in clinical studies, but natural vision improvement is still extremely popular, and using these techniques may be able to help you see more clearly in time.