What’s this all about?
Natural Vision Improvement is a wholistic approach to vision care. Vision educators teach easy exercises and key habits to help students: back out of glasses, keep focusing flexibility up close with aging, improve the health of their eyes, improve ability to read and learn, and understand the complexity of vision.
Vision occurs mainly in the brain. Our eyes receive information in the form of light, and the brain processes the information to make meaning of it, creating our “visual world”. The process of improving vision helps to bring one more into balance and harmony.
Here are some commonly asked questions and their answers:
Q: Who can be helped by this?
A: Almost everyone, young or old.
Q: What kinds of conditions can be helped?
A: Here’s a partial list:
- presbyopia (“middle-age sight”)
- computer eye strain
- crossed or wall-eyed
- eye teaming difficulties
- learning difficulties
- balance and coordination difficulties
- eye strain
- eye disease consultations (the student must be under the care of a medical doctor) for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.
- poor attention span
- sports performance
Q: How does this method work?
A: Blurry vision is caused by stress, by not using our eyes correctly, by holding tension in ways for which the eye wasn’t “designed”. Learning how to use our eyes correctly allows us to relax and return to clear vision.
Q: What are the benefits?
A: Benefits from practicing Natural Vision Improvement can include:
Many people begin Natural Vision Improvement to see more clearly. They are often surprised when they can perform better in sports, read more easily, relax more easily, become more creative, and much more. Each person’s process is different, and the benefits are different for each person.
Q: Who teaches this?
A: Vision Educators are those who teach others how to improve their eyesight. We have included in this website a variety of resources for those of you who want to learn more about Natural Vision Improvement, including a list of practitioners around the world.
Q: How did this get started?
A: Please see our page titled About Bates Method
Q: What is vision “therapy”?
A: The field of vision therapy has a history of pioneering optometrists who developed techniques to improve vision and also to help with learning disabilities, which are frequently related to vision and developing important skills. Vision therapy is done by behavioral optometrists or their staff, vision therapists.