Here are some extracts from questions people have asked me. Please click on the questions below for the answers.
The Bates Method involves doing a few easy, fun exercises/techniques on a near daily basis if possible, starting with a few minutes per day, and increasing gradually to about 20 minutes per day, (if possible), until the vision has recovered.
The exercises, which are deceptively easy and enjoyable, are in fact very profound, and allow the visual system to rest and relax. By doing the exercises/techniques regularly, we can quickly regain natural, relaxed habits of seeing, which automatically lead to clear, comfortable vision.
I don't live locally- can I get to you by public transport? Is it possible to have a Skype lesson?
Yes, it’s possible to get to where I teach using public transport.
Skype lessons also work very well- I teach many clients overseas and within the UK this way. Many of the client testimonials on this site are from Skype clients.
Why shouldn’t it? The Method can help everyone, regardless of age or condition of the eyes.
Diving into a swimming pool takes a level of trust and courage… just as taking the first step into anything new and unknown requires courage, a sense of adventure, curiosity, and a desire to change. These things have to come from you, and can’t be manufactured by someone else.
Nothing in life is guaranteed, not even life itself- but, if we are open to the new, have an interest in learning more, developing ourselves, taking responsibility for our own learning, motivation, failures and successes, and have a sense of adventure, there is no real limit to what we can achieve.
I understand your concern – people become very attached to their glasses, and to the financial investment they have made in purchasing them. But glasses put a huge strain on the whole body, not just on the eyes, and new scientific evidence has proven what we teachers always knew was true- that wearing prescription lenses makes the vision deteriorate further.
There is also an emotional element involved with wearing glasses; after a while, it becomes almost scary to think of being without them.
Bates Method lessons are certainly a worthwhile investment in your overall health – physical, emotional and mental (because our vision is a reflection of these aspects of our health, we need to address all of these angles in the lessons). Moreover, we teachers can’t teach for free, and if you were to think of how much you’d be paying an optician for a lifetime of lenses, or for expensive (and risky) surgery, Bates lessons are actually excellent value!
I know you are a practitioner so you must believe it can be done but in your honest opinion what is the success rate?
It does work, but as everyone is completely different, levels of success are different, as are speeds of improvement. Having a less stressful lifestyle is of course helpful..and beneficial for our general health and well-being too. But it is possible to learn how to bring calm moments and then good visual habits into that stressful lifestyle…and this helps to calm life down a bit generally too – which of course is a good thing.
Motivation is a key requisite for success- the client needs to be willing to be open to change and to put in the time (this is actually minimal) needed to relearn new, relaxed and natural habits of good vision.
I have not yet had a client who did not experience some vision improvement or eye health improvement in the first few lessons, and everyone has experienced steady improvement after the first few lessons. The Method is easy and straightforward. Please refer to my client testimonials page if you would like further confirmation of the success rate and also to the answer to “How long will it take?” on this page below. The client testimonials are all genuine quotes from past and current clients.
There are enough testimonials out there on the Bates websites, as well as recent client quotes from my own teaching, to allay your concerns as to whether it works or not.
Yes, clients do have to put in regular practice time (as with everything in life that’s worthwhile), however there’s potentially a lot to gain by trying the method out- even just one lesson would be helpful for your vision, and give you an idea as to how it works and whether you are prepared to put in the (minimal- and enjoyable) effort required.
Some clients may only need a few lessons, however most need between 8-10 lessons, and very often they may need several more, in order to get the results the person wants. After 8-10 lessons however, a person should know enough about his/her own vision, what works best for him/her, and what needs most to be focussed on, to be able to continue on their own, (but with extra help from a teacher when desired).
You will probably notice a degree of improvement after only a few lessons, and steady vision improvement as you continue with the work.
This kind of work doesn’t usually cause “rapid” improvement (although sometimes, yes) – it’s usually more a case of weeks and months. That’s probably why it hasn’t yet caught on into the mainstream – in our goal oriented, stress-filled western culture, people want quick fixes, which require no or minimal effort on their part, or not at all. Also, there is a lot of money invested in the ophthalmic/optician business, so it has huge persuasive power and a lot at stake to keep the customers flowing in.
Unfortunately though, the “quick fix” provided by glasses or operations, doesn’t solve or heal the underlying condition actually causing the vision problem. This condition is, in almost every case, due to strain. The relaxing, rehabilitating, regenerating and healing effect of the Bates Method on the eyes and mind, enable the health of the eyes and clarity of vision to return, as much as is possible.
Just like any other part of the body, the eyes can make a good recovery back to good health and good vision, particularly if helped with natural methods of relaxation and relearning of good visual habits. To me, this seems to be so logical and so obvious, and yet so many of us still believe that it’s impossible. I hope that one day this fact will be as obvious to conventional eye health professionals, and to the general public, as it is to Bates teachers.
I've been toying with the idea of laser eye surgery for some time- why should I do the Bates Method instead?
If you have good, relatively healthy eyes, why would you want to risk this kind of surgical intervention?
People come to Bates teachers with very complex problems which are the direct result of unsuccessful laser surgery, such as seeing haloes around objects at night which severely impairs night vision, one eye being hugely and uncomfortably different in strength of prescription to the other, acute dry eyes, long-term pain, large numbers of very distracting floaters, a life-long need for eye drops and ointments, growths where the eye is cut, double vision, foggy vision, chronic eyelid inflammation and even loss of sight- the list is long.
Clearly, many people are still unaware that adverse side effects from laser surgery are common. Is it worth the risk?
What’s more, you will pay far more for laser surgery than you will for a series of Bates lessons, which are a effective, natural, and carry no risk whatsoever of side effects.
So, I ask myself, why on earth would anyone want to tamper with perfectly healthy eyes just because they are not seeing as well as they could?
Unfortunately what Dr Bates discovered is not yet universally known and recognised – the fact that we see with the mind, and that the the eyes simply take in the light and the mind makes sense of it.
We need to learn how to retrain the mind if we want to see well. If we tamper with the eyes through surgical intervention, it could go horribly wrong, (in which case it’s difficult to rectify damage naturally), and in addition, we won’t be addressing the underlying problem, which is actually the cause of the condition of poor vision. The strained visual habits will persist, and it’s also possible that the vision will revert/deteriorate again.
Therefore, the whole person needs transformation, not just the eyes operated on and treated in isolation. New, relaxed visual habits- habits which are conducive to clear vision, need to be learned and gradually instilled into the person’s consciousness and daily life. This process is profound, effective, and very enjoyable.
Unravel the old habits of poor vision, welcome in the good, natural habits of clear vision. It’s simple, natural, fascinating, relaxing, fun and – life-enhancing – try it out for yourself!
You may also wish to refer to the brochure from the Bates Association of Vision Education of Great Britain: Bates Method (BAVE) leaflet. (You will also find this link on my Homepage).