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Better Eyesight

 Dr. Bates' unedited magazine collection

The image below shows a page from the Better Eyesight magazine collection, 
the way it will open in Acrobat Reader.

Shown on the left side is the Bookmarks tab which allows easy browsing through  the magazines and articles.  
(The July 1919 magazine has been expanded to show the articles listed for that issue.)

The Find function in the top bar allows you to search the entire collection for specific  topics of interest.   Document size can be adjusted for personal reading preferences.

The document contains 771 pages; total file size is 5.8 MB.   It may take several minutes to download depending on your internet connection speed.
To purchase it, see Bates Method eBooks.

Sample page from Better Eyesight magazine collection

Read the foreword to the Better Eyesight magazine collection:


The fact that poor vision can often be cured without glasses or surgery was discovered in the late 1890s by Dr. William H. Bates, an ophthalmologist from New York.  The techniques Dr. Bates developed to naturally cure many eyesight problems became known as the "Bates Method."  He published his techniques in the 1920 book Perfect Sight Without Glasses (available for free from Visions of Joy), and he successfully used his method in hospitals, in his own clinic, as well as in various schools.

After Dr. Bates' death in 1931 it became harder to obtain Dr. Bates' original writings and guidance, including Better Eyesight, the monthly magazine he published for 11 years that clarified his method and recorded its results and advances.  New generations of practitioners of the Bates Method relied on second generation and/or edited sources of Dr. Bates' teachings that had lost essential elements of his approach.

Dr. Bates used the holistic approach to cure vision problems.  He taught people with poor vision how to release the strain from their eyes and mind thereby improving or perfecting their vision.  At its core, the method consists of applying relaxed vision habits all day long; it's not a regimen of eye exercises.  While eye exercises are beneficial in some cases, they are not an effective way to overcome the eyestrain that leads to poor vision.

Many followed Dr. Bates' method and found they were able to quickly and easily improve their vision by following this eye-surgeon's advice.  The intent of this book is to acquaint more people with this original material and to spread this knowledge again to those who need it most, whether teacher or student of the method.

The following pages are copied from the original Better Eyesight magazines that Dr. Bates published from 1919 to 1930.  Most of the articles were written by Dr. Bates himself; the remainder by his wife Emily Lierman-Bates, his assistant for many years, and a variety of contributors to the magazine.  Regardless of the author, all of these articles accurately reflect Dr. Bates' theories and methodology, his practical advice, and many case histories illustrating and proving the Bates Method's effectiveness with improving vision naturally.

Converting the content of 11 years worth of Better Eyesight magazine into typed text has kept me busy for many months, and proved to be an education for me personally.  I'm pleased to now present it to you.  It is the first time that this original information has been assembled in one searchable e-book.


Many people can use this information to improve their vision on their own.  Others may prefer the guidance of a Bates practitioner.  How to find a qualified Bates practitioner?  Look for someone who has thoroughly studied Dr. Bates' teachings and used this learning to improve their own vision.  Also, take heart in the story of Emily (Better Eyesight, August 1919 edition), a young schoolgirl who, after regaining clear vision herself, applied her basic knowledge of the Bates Method to correct the serious vision problems of four of her classmates.  With her innocence and total faith in the method, Emily proved that anyone can master, apply and then successfully teach the essential principles of natural vision.

Having personally experienced the immense joy of regaining clear vision, I trust that anyone who reads and studies this collection will also benefit greatly from this knowledge.  I sincerely hope that you, too, will take the responsibility to educate yourself in the relaxed use of the eyes and mind.  If you do, you may change your vision, as well as your life.

Thank you for your interest in this wonderful field of natural vision education.  I welcome your comments and look forward to hearing of your experience with the application of the Bates Method.

Enjoy Your Path To Clarity!

Esther Joy van der Werf
California, March 2008

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