Bates principles for improving eyesight naturally is by removing the perpetual habit of strain that people developed over the years. The causes of strain mainly arise out of long misuse and improper utilization of human eye muscles such that their work falls too short of optimum functioning. Although Dr Bates developed the concept a century or so back, its importance was being seen only in recent times. Although most ophthalmologists and medical experts rejected the theory that Bates put forth yet the same has now been brought into limelight for certain ideas of the theory do hold good. It is true that nothing can be done about hereditarily occurring eye diseases and other chronic vision problems yet for those who are facing shortsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism this method may bring about great relief.
Reducing the need for glasses
According to Bates glasses make permanent distortion of vision and therefore should be avoided at all cost. For this he suggests reducing strain by observing gradual relaxation of your eyes. He says that there is more to vision than just carelessly or casually observing objects. Here, both the eyes and the mind should be in uniformity while observing objects or images.
As per bates method the eyes must perceive light, darkness, colors, shades and movements of the same in their details and depths while most people do so casually by taking all these for granted. This gap brings about strain and by and large the eyes become simply transmitters of information for the brain to process.
In order to bring about proper strength of vision he suggests removing of glasses and then to adopt a few good techniques to look at objects. This would eventually lead to better vision. He suggests a highly effective method like the palming that would give good relaxation to the eyes. The other methods are observing the swing of surroundings and then trying to get the whole of the picture immediately in your imagination.
The other step consists of catching the flashes that usually bring strain and in order to attain the state of relaxation for your eyes by making use of the ‘clear flashes’. These flashes are used as tools as and when they appear and you try to remember the whole picture with sharpness and clarity. This is done by absorbing the image through your eyes and then closing them so that you may imagine what you have seen. This technique over a period of time would reduce your eye strain.
Perfecting your vision
Bates suggests more of natural methods of exercising your eyes so that over a period of time you may have perfect vision. He says that you may be able to note the difference by using eye chart and with the other test cards. You may for instance try to maximize your focus for details while observing an object or letter from a distance and then closing your eyes to remember it.
Again, you actually need to enjoy the sun so that some good natural sunlight would enter your eyes.