Bates Method Workshop FAQ
Q1. Can eyesight improve naturally?
Ans: Could you name a part of your body that doesn't
self-heal? If you can't, then the eyes and mind
is supposed to be able to reverse and myopia, astigmatism
and presbyopia if you give it a chance by removing
the eye-crutch or eyeglasses whenever it is possible
to do so safely. This will encourage self-healing.
For children who are just starting to wear glasses,
the Bates Method is very effective since there is
less "undoing" of the poor vision habits
as compared to an adult who had depended on the
glasses for decades. A quick search on the Net will
lead you to many testimonials around the world testifying
the Bates Method really works.
Q2. How long does it take to improve my
vision using The Bates Method by Natural Vision?
Ans: If you are motivated and committed to improve
your vision, and practise the Bates techniques as
taught in Natural Vision Workshop every day for
at least 10 minutes, you will experience vision
improvement within weeks. Note that factors like
your lifestyle, work or school pressures, nature
of work, length of dependency on eyeglasses, diet
and vision habits, all play a role in your rate
of vision improvement.
Q3. How much time do I need to spend per
day to practise The Bates Method by Natural Vision?
Ans: 10 - 20 minutes practising the Bates Method
is highly recommended for the first 2 months. Soon,
the techniques will become habits as the techniques
are incorporated into the daily activities and lifestyle.
Q4. How do I sign up?
Ans: You can attend a Bates Method Workshop Preview Talk (Free) or signup online via our online store (coming soon). You can also email or call or check out our online schedule at www.thebatesmethod.com.
Q5. How much do I need to invest?
Ans: An adult's investment is USD349. A teenager and child will be USD229 and USD119 respectively.
Q6. Should I signup my child to attend the
workshop together with me?
Ans: It is highly recommended that the parent and
child attend the workshop together. This is a critical
successful factor especially during daily self-therapy
phase where the parent and child can help and support
one another reinforce the good vision habits learned
in the workshop, and practise the Bates techniques
using the Natural Vision Eyechart. However, if the
child is less than 9 years-old, the train-the-trainer
approach, as in the parent learns the techniques
and trains the young child on the Bates Method customised
to the child's learning style. If a child is more
than 12 years old and is mature and motivated to
improve his eyesight, he/she is welcome to attend
the workshop alone.
Q7. What is the Eyesight Training Kit?
Ans: The Eyesight Training Kit comprises of a pair
of pin-hole glasses and a specially designed Eyechart
combining the Snellen Eyechart and the Bates techniques
in vision improvement.
Q8. What does the pin-hole glasses do?
Ans: The pin-hole glasses helps inculcate centralisation,
a very important good vision habit, that reduces
eyestrain and promotes clear, and relaxed vision.
However, it is only a pair of training glasses and
does not miraculously "cure" myopia or
presbyopia. It also cuts out one's peripheral vision,
hence it should never be worn outside the home from
a safety standpoint.
Q9. What would be covered in the workshop?
We will also teach you the key concepts of The Bates
Method, the principles and habits of clear natural
vision, practical exercises, and implementation
strategies for both parent and child.
Q10. Is the workshop a one-time investment
or are there additional paid follow-up sessions?
Ans: The workshop is conducted in a train-the-trainer
approach, with focus to incorporate the post-workshop
implementation strategies to enable self-therapy
for parent and child. No more sessions or investment
are necessary. However, we strongly encourage our
customers to invest in a stepped-down (downgrade
the power of the lenses) pair of glasses as they
improve their vision, although the best approach
is to remove the glasses, or eye crutch completely
provided this is done safely and without straining
the eyes. The stepped-down pair of glasses will
accelerate the self-healing process. The pinhole glasses are very useful as a substitute to prescription glasses.
Q11. What if I need help in the implementation
after attending the workshop?
Ans: Our customers are welcomed to call or email
us. If you have questions pertaining to the stepped-down
glasses (how to work with your optician/eye-care
profssionals to have a pair of stepped-down glasses
, including the ongoing implementation strategies,
will be covered in the workshop), we will be available
to assist as well.
Q12. Does The Bates Method work for myopia
(shortsightedness) and presbyopia (reading blur)?
Ans: The Bates Method works for all vision problems
- myopia, presbyopia, astigmatism and hyperopia
(long-sightedness). The Bates Method encourages
self-healing. When the vision system returns to
normal, it is capable of operating in any situation
(see far and near) effortlessly and efficiently.
For example, if presbyopia affects all individuals
when they hit 40 years of age, then one would
never be able to find any individuals who can
still see perfectly (6/6 or 20/20) near and far.
We know there are many exceptions out there, and
you will definitely be able to find friends or
relatives who are already in their 50’s
and could still see far and near perfectly without
a need for reading or distance glasses.
Q13. Is myopia or astigmatism hereditary?
Ans: If so, then very young children will be myopic
or astigmatic at birth. We also find many children
who are myopic, and yet their parents have perfect
vision, or vice versa. Also, in a class of Grade (Primary)
Ones in Singapore, 75% of the children have perfect
vision. By Grade/Primary 6, 50% developed myopia. Therefore,
most vision problems are not hereditary. Compare this to the USA, Europe and Australia, the rate of myopia is less than 20% by Grade 6.
Q14. Are the eyes healthy while wearing
glasses or contact lens?
Ans: Glasses acts like an artificial eye-crutch,
preventing self-healing of the eyes and mind coordination.
Over-dependence on them usually leads to progressive
myopia and astigmatism. Contact lens have the additional
disadvantages of limiting the amount of oxygen to
the visual system, causing irritation and sub-optimal
functioning of the visual system, and "dry-eyes"
effect for some people.
Q15. If the Bates Method really works, why
don’t the eye-care industry adopts it as an
approved alternative to eyeglasses?
Ans: Dr William Bates', "Better Eyesight Without
Glasses", is still available in the bookstores
(Kinokuniya, Borders, Times Bookstore in Singapore)
today since its first publication in 1920. If the
Method does not help people improve their vision,
the book would long be out of publication. Dr Bates'
book is arguably the best selling book on natural
vision improvement in history. The premise behind
The Bates Method is that our eyes and mind (eyes
are extensions of the brain) are capable of self-healing,
whereas the professional eye-care industry assumes
that vision problems are irreversible. Eye-care
professionals will have to discard years of professional
training to embrace the Bates Method since both
views (Bates vs traditional eye-care) are opposing
to one another. However, eye-care professionals
(optometrists, ophthalmologists) are the only professional
specialists who can diagnose, treat and operate
medically-related eye problems. The Bates Method
is effective in reversing stress-related vision
problems (myopia, astigmatism, presbyopia &
hyperopia), and does not work for medically-related