Vision Therapy Eyewear – Better Eyesight Without GlassesVitality Magazine February 1, 2012
Natural Vision Therapy is a non-intrusive and holistic approach to improving short-sightedness, long-sightedness, astigmatism and old-age blur without the use of glasses or other medical aids. The therapy re-habituates the eyes and mind so they are able to see clearly and naturally.
Natural vision therapy is based on the Bates Method, a time-tested solution for many functional vision problems. Its originator, Dr. William Horatio Bates, was an ophthalmologist who stopped prescribing glasses after noticing his patients’ eye problems tended to get worse, not better, after they wore what he called “eye crutches” for a prolonged period of time. He believed that eyes, like other body parts, are impacted by stress, emotions, mind-body interaction and physical habits. He believed that glasses actually prevent the eyes from healing themselves naturally. “As for putting glasses on a child, it is enough to make the angels weep,” he often said.
Bates’s 30-plus years of research on alternatives to eyeglasses culminated in the publication of Perfect Sight Without Glasses in 1920. This book was later reprinted as Better Eyesight Without Glasses and is still a best seller in bookstores today.
According to the book, Bates helped thousands of adults and children attain perfect sight without the use of glasses. Today, the Bates Method is still taught in many countries by disciples of Bates and his wife, Emily Bates, or others who were inspired by the doctor’s work during his 80-year career.
Natural Vision has incorporated some of the key Bates Method techniques into an easy, natural eyesight improvement program. Equipped with a pair of pinhole glasses from Vision Therapy, plus the company’s handy user manual and training eye charts for the far- and near-sighted, anyone can improve their vision without glasses, laser eye surgery or medication. This vision improvement method is suitable for children and adults with a range of vision problems including myopia, presbyopia, astigmatism and strabismus, according to the company.
The staff at Vitality had a chance to try out the glasses, and were surprised at the remarkable effect they have on vision. Vitality listings coordinator Bonnie Black, who has been far-sighted most of her adult life, said the glasses had an immediate and discernible impact. “When I put them on, my eyes actually feel like they’re resting, and I can read the type on my computer screen,” Black said. “When I take them off, the type looks totally blurry.”
The black, perforated glasses are not meant to be worn all the time. They are just one component of a program aimed at training the eyes to rest and adapt without glasses.
Vision Therapy products are available from Big Carrot Wholistic Dispensary (Tel: 416-466-8432, 348 Danforth Avenue, Toronto) and other fine health food stores across Ontario. For more information, visit www.thebatesmethod.com.