What to Expect as Your Eyesight Improves
Start with Success
Most people will begin seeing temporary “flashes” of clearer vision right away as they begin trying the approaches on this website. The aim is for you to experience some improvement, regain confidence in your eyes, and learn how to relax and reactivate your vision on a daily basis. You will also ease and enliven your mind!
Notice How Tight Your Neck and Shoulders Are
No! Your eyes are not lazy! Quite the opposite, they are overworked, maybe even overwhelmed. In fact your whole upper body is probably overworked and tight if you have blurry eyesight. Make a fist right now, notice your neck gets tight. The muscles are all involved, and they've been overworking together 24-7 for years or decades. Yes, that is right, the strain continues even while you sleep. As you become more aware of all the tightness and tension, you (and your muscles) will be very happy to start letting go.
Are you starting to see why people often fail to get results they want with the Bates Method? It is because, paradoxically, they are straining to get rid of the strain, trying to bypass the tense muscles rather than relax them. The true Bates Method must be practiced more subtly, much like meditation and yoga. Your vision will improve as quickly as you rediscover natural ease in seeing.
Dr. William H. Bates noticed that people with poor vision stare and strain to see everything at once. He found people with perfect sight shift their attention many times every minute, all day long. All that shifting sounds like a lot of work, but brain science tells us our minds need a constant supply of new information to stay activated, interested, and relaxed! If this makes sense to you now, that's great. Think how good it will feel when you re-learn it as your normal way of seeing!
Mental and Emotional Factors in Vision
The limiting factor of blurry eyesight is almost always in the mind, not the eyes! People with multiple personalities demonstrate how quickly the eyes can see when the mind is ready. One personality may require strong glasses while another has no need for glasses. Each personality sees differently because it has different patterns of strain and emotions.
You may perceive it as stress, or fear, or overwhelmed, or some other thinking or emotional pattern. The Bates Method by itself can help dissolve whatever mix of strain has led to your particular eyesight condition. The BetterEyesightNow.com approach uses EFT "tapping", guided visualization, breathing exercises, and other natural techniques to help you dissolve emotional “tight spots” that hold back your vision.
What Most People Don't Get about the Bates Method
You can find dozens of books about the Bates Method and natural vision improvement. A few are written by optometrists. Most are written by people who have found personal success improving their eyesight, and typically have helped others, too. On the web you will also find an abundance of “eye exercise programs". This task-oriented approach works for some, but it fails to convey the relaxing subtleties that most people need to restore their vision.
Many people have reported they finally found their first real progress with Greg Marsh’s programs on this website. But whatever approach you use, always aim for visual relaxation, ease, and enthusiasm, every hour of the day and even in your sleep. Set that intention now!
Getting Out of Glasses and Contacts
If you want to regain full use of a leg that isn't fully functioning, you want to spend as much time as possible without crutches, walking as normally as possible. The same is true with eyesight and glasses. According to Dr. Bates, your eye muscles have constant mild strain if you have a low prescription, and quite a lot of strain if you have a high prescription. To see clearly with glasses, you must constantly recreate the strain you had while getting fitted for the glasses So you want to take them off whenever it is feasible and safe, to give your eyes space to relax.
If you have a high prescription you may want to keep your glasses handy, but wear them as little as possible. (Always be legal for driving!) You will discover you see more than you realized. If your glasses are not very strong you might do fine without them most of the day. Do what feels interesting, comfortable, and safe.
Other Benefits with the Bates Method
Many people find the side benefits of vision improvement even more exciting than clearer eyesight. Many people report letting go of tight neck and shoulders, headaches vanishing, improved digestion, improved mental focus, and many other great side-effects. Optometrist Ray Gottleib has been a leading advocate of the Bates Method and natural vision improvement for over forty years. For himself and his clients he says the visual changes “provide tremendous growth and self knowledge.”