In the early 1900s ophthalmologist William Bates developed a system – the Bates Method – for restoring poor eyesight without external aids. His treatment is based around the idea that tension and strain make poor vision worse, and so he spent his time teaching his patients – often for free – how to relax mentally and physically and thereby see better. The full course and his book are available online for free. It is, of course, all rather controversial. Fascinating stuff.
Conditions for which glasses are normally prescribed such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism, and even presbyopia (old-age sight) have been eliminated through this method, as well as conditions such as strabismus and amblyopia. “Eye strain” and other discomforts of the eye brought about by misuse have be eliminated. More serious conditions and diseases of the eye such as cataract, glaucoma and others, often involve unnecessary tension that contributes to the problem, there have been many cases in which they have been benefited or eliminated.
“I haven’t been trained as a Bates teacher, nor as a vision teacher of any related method. In fact, I’ve only had one in-person lesson from a Bates teacher. What i know is based largely on my own experience. I’ve compared my knowledge with Dr. Bates’s writings, the writings of others, the experiences of other modern people who have partially or completely cleared up their vision problems, and the way normal-sighted and non-normal-sighted people function (visually and otherwise). I have verified for myself beyond doubt that this method works and that the process of seeing clearly is exactly as Dr. Bates described.”