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Bates' method

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An educational method intended to improve vision by undoing a supposed habitual strain to see.

Description

An educational method intended to improve vision by undoing a supposed habitual strain to see.

It was his theory that the eye does not focus by changing the power of the lens, but rather by elongating the eyeball, through use of the extraocular oblique muscles,

The efficacy of the method is questionable, and his theory that the eye does not focus by changing the power of the lens, but rather by elongating the eyeball, through use of the extraocular oblique muscles, was contradicted by mainstream ophthalmology and optometry of his day and still is today.

Bibliography

W. H. Bates:
The Bates method for good sight without glasses.
London: Faber and  Faber,  1944. 159 pages.
A  new revised  editition  of  The cure of imperfect sight by treatment without glasses.

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