Bates Method International

What's wrong with using glasses?

Glasses and lenses are usually employed to counteract the poor vision that comes when eyes have developed a refractive error. If you believe, as most optometrists do, that the refractive error is due to heredity or old age then glasses would seem to be the only possible solution.

In the Bates Method this whole approach is regarded as completely illogical. As the increase of vision abnormalities coincides with the increasing complexity of society and its distancing from the visual experiences of yesteryear, limiting the factors that cause poor vision to only heredity or old age is an error.

Human beings are as much children of nature as any other species and the fact that large numbers of people need to employ artificial aids in order to see is a tragedy. Culture constantly feeds the dream that the quick fix is the only solution; but forgets to tell you that addressing the cause of the problem is the wiser choice.

As soon as glasses are removed the refractive error is still there, and if glasses are worn continuously over time the poor vision will generally become worse. Essentially what glasses do is lock the eyes into their refractive state and in order to see through your lenses you have to maintain the poor vision that the lenses are designed to correct.

Ultimately it is a choice of approach. If the causes of poor sight can be addressed in a meaningful way that helps you to understand your self, helps your sight and puts you in touch with how to use your eyes well, then there is nothing right about lenses at all.

As for putting glasses upon a child it is enough to make the angels weep.
W H Bates: Perfect Sight Without Glasses 1920 pg 85