Oxnard - Port Hueneme Optometry  Dr. Don Steensma 465 W. Channel Islands Blvd, Port Hueneme, CA 93041  805/486-3585

The Bates Method

Dr William Horatio Bates was an ophthalmologist who devised a theory in 1891 that vision could be improved by performing a series of eye relaxation techniques. He felt that eyeglasses were a crutch that could be avoided if you used his techniques.

The primary exercise was called "palming". In palming you cover your eyes with the palms of your hands blocking all the light. It was done several times a day. Other methods used included "Swinging" (swing your upper body from side to side), "Sunning" (gazing at the sun through closed eyelids), and "Blinking" (rapid fluttering of the eyes).

The problem with the Bates Method is that it simply does not work. If it did work I would be doing it on myself as well as on my patients.

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