Bates Method International

How can I find out more?

If you are just starting out on the method there is a wealth of information now available on the Internet, much of it free. On this site there are descriptions of techniques to learn, and a section that points you to further resources - downloads (Many early books on the method are out of copyright and can be downloaded for free), discussion lists, a vision related shop and links to other useful sites on the Internet.

If you are serious about improving your vision it's recommended you find a teacher to make sure you get started on the right track. The method is prone to misinterpretation and a teacher can give you instant feedback in the moment to clarify any misunderstandings.

For further reading, the following titles are particularly good in introducing the Bates Method and how it works.:

  • Better Eyesight Without Glasses by Dr W H Bates
    This title is still readily available. Note that it is an abridged version of the original classic:
  • Perfect Sight Without Glasses by Dr W H Bates (1919)
    Bates' original volume where his system of eye re-education was first presented fully to the public. This is occasionally available from Internet second hand outlets, but may also be downloaded as a PDF from the resources section
  • Better Eyesight Magazines by Dr W H Bates, Emily Bates et. al. (1919 - 1930)
    After Bates published 'Perfect Sight' he went on to produce a regular magazine over a period of eleven years. In here is a wealth of information, broadened by the ongoing research and experience. This 700+ page volume can be both purchased as a download (printable and searchable) and as a printed and edited volume.
  • The Art of Seeing by Aldous Huxley
    The Bates Method as explained by the well known author, Aldous Huxley.
  • The Bates Method by Peter Mansfield
    A modern interpretation of the method.

Bates Method International also supplies information and a teachers list.