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Vision Links

We cannot teach people anything, 
we can only help them discover it within themselves.
Galileo Galilei

Instead of repeating what has already been written by others, I highly recommend that you investigate some of the many educative websites listed below. There is excellent information to be found among these sites, so 'click away' and find something that resonates with your heart. Your eyes, body and mind will be grateful when you let these teachers into your life.

I do suggest that you take private lessons from a local teacher if at all possible.

Inclusion of a link does not imply Vision Of Joy's endorsement, because I am not personally familiar with the quality of the lessons offered by all of these teachers, so I cannot vouch for how well they do or do not understand the Bates Method. If one teacher can not help you make progress, find another.

This list is not exhaustive, as many teachers do not have websites, especially some of the older Bates teachers who have many years of experience, yet who are not connected into our modern computer world...
I know of several teachers in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s (yes!) who are still teaching, and who are also still easily reading and driving without glasses!   

If you are a vision educator and would like to be included in this list, please let me know!

Contents:  
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Vision Educators in
 - Western USA and Hawaii
 - Eastern USA
 - Canada
 - Europe
 - Australia & New Zealand
 - Asia,
 - South America,
 - Africa.


Behavioral Optometrists

Other vision related websites  
- Links to more teachers and to other very useful and interesting sites about vision.

Affordable prescription glasses


E-groups on natural vision  
- Communicate with others who are going through the process of improving their vision.


Natural Vision Educators

Western USA and Hawaii

Esther Joy van der Werf.  Ojai, CA. (80 Miles NW of Los Angeles)  Also see my travel schedule.
Lisette Scholl, Templeton, CA.
Claudia Muehlenweg, El Segundo, CA.
Jeannie 'Viveka' Fitzsimmons, Beverly Hills, CA.
Sue Choi, Venice, CA.
Jerriann Taber, San Diego, CA.
Dawn Rose, San Diego, CA.
Sheela Alex, Encinitas, CA.
Denise Hornbeak, Cardiff by the Sea, CA.
Marie Wilson, Sacramento, CA.
Meir Schneider, School of Self-Healing, San Francisco, CA.
Teresa Bowen, Davis, CA.
Gene Younger
, Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA.
Marybetts Sinclair, Corvallis, OR
Toshiyasu Abe, Seattle, WA. Tel: (206) 898-9988.  "Studying vision is studying life."
Sarah Cobb, Port Townsend, WA.
Carol Gallup, Port Townsend, WA.
Troy Ballard, Orem, UT.
Greg Marsh, Fort Collins, CO.
Kate Keilman, Honolulu, HI. Kate sells wonderful software to help your eyes and body relax during computer work, it's really a must-have for regular computer users.

Eastern USA

Robert Lichtman, Brooklyn / NYC, NY. Robert is an excellent Bates teacher, he has many years of personal experience in improving vision. (Robert is temporarily not teaching.)
Rob Cohen, Stone Ridge, NY. Rob made major improvements in his own vision and now combines the Bates Method with his extensive knowledge of Feldenkrais work.  
Nancy Neff, Fishkill, NY.
Rosemary Gaddum Gordon, Cambridge, MA and Eliot, ME, (Also for teacher training!)
A quote from Rosemary: "Seeing from the core encourages one to be 'home', to see with the mind rather than trying to see with just the eyes, to relax and receive the information entering the eyes."
Martin Sussman, Topsfield, MA. SAD NEWS - Marty died on Christmas day 2013. Marty was a major player in the Natural Vision Improvement world and an influential colleague who will be greatly missed. I'm grateful for how many people he reached in his life with the message that vision can and does improve! Marty's family will keep his company and his vision going. 
Nathan Oxenfeld, Asheville, NC
Roseanne Hutchinson, Athens, GA.

Canada

Canadian Association of Vision Educators
Joy Thompson
, Peachland, BC.
Elizabeth Abraham, Toronto, Ontario.
Alexandra Hughes, Toronto, Ontario.
Karen Alison, Toronto, Ontario.
Sheila Burr, Kincardine and Goderich, Ontario.
Emmanuel Morin, Quebec City.
Robert Silverman, Val David, Quebec.
Summer Bozohora, Natural Vision Improvement Centre, Edmonton, Alberta
Dale Goddard, Olds, Alberta.

This little poem was written by Canadian Vision Educator Robert Silverman in the summer of 1990, on the day he met his vision teacher, the late Janet Goodrich. Posted here with Robert's permission:

I thought I’d find a big boss
Instead, what did I see,
An anarchist like me;
My visual negativity,
Transformed, by your dazzling reality
.

Europe

United Kingdom
Bates Association for Vision Education
, England. Includes a list of vision teachers in the UK.
Bates Vision Clinic, One Saturday per month: low cost vision classes in Finchley, London, England
Aileen Whiteford   Edinburgh and Gullane, Scotland as well as London, England.
Margaret Montgomery
, Berkhamsted and London, England. (email Margaret)
Peter Mansfield, Portslade, England. 
Anna Bambridge, Glasgow, Scotland & London, England.
Kevin Wooding, Oxford, England.
Lizzie May
, London, England.
James Laker, Stroud, England.
Ajay Sehgal, London, England.
Mary Flynn, Cork City, Ireland.
Ann Moran, Dublin, Ireland.

Netherlands  (zie ook de NL pagina)
Maria van Velsen, 's-Hertogenbosch.  
Thea Renaud, Haarlem.  
Karin Hogenboom, Diemen en Amsterdam.
Pieter Wester
, Noord Holland.
Mieke Rep, Middelburg, Zeeland.
Rijn de Jonge, Harderwijk, Gelderland.
Peter Ruiter
,
Utrecht. 
Tom Quackenbush, Nijmegen. Author of Relearning to See.  Website in English
Saskia Naber, Groningen.  (geeft tijdelijk geen les)
Wilko van Zeele,  Berkel en Rodenrijs, Zuid Holland. (geeft tijdelijk geen les)

France
Special Note: The 2008 French translation of Dr. Bates original book is NOT recommended reading according to the Association of Vision Educators.  This book unfortunately has errors and reflects a major misunderstanding on the part of the translator regarding the concept of eccentric fixation.  Instead of reading this translation, please contact one of the teachers below.

Art de Voir, Association of vision teachers in France. (Website in French)
Nina Hutchings, Rognes, France.
Brigitte Cavadias, Cotignac, France. Combining Bates with Alexander Technique, Brigitte has been teaching and leading workshops in France, UK, Sweden and Finland. (Website in English and French)
Annie Bohen, Mainsat, France.
Eva Lothar, Paris, France. 
Ghislaine de Laage
, Paris, France.
Chantal Webster, Auvare, France.

Italy
AIEV, Italian Association of Vision Educators, provides a long list of vision teachers in Italy.
Maurizio Cagnoli, Rome, Italy. The Art of Vision, the website of Buena Vista.
(Webiste in English, Italian, Portuguese, French, Spanish, German)
Giorgio Ferrario, Milano, Italy.  Giorgio has published twp books about the Bates Method in Italian: Guarire la Presbiopia con il Metodo Bates (2011), and Senza Occhiali.
Stefania Romagnoli, Foligno (PG) Italy. Stafania combines Bates method with Feldenkrais work.
Morena Bernardi, Italy.
Laura Canepa, Genova, Italy.
Loredana de Michelis, Padova, Italy.

Spain
Amelia Salvador, MD, Alicante, Spain.
Amelia Jurado Fernandez, Madrid area, Spain.
Andrea Buch Romero, Barcelona, Spain.
Maria Stella Marini, Tenerife, Spain.

Switzerland
Swiss union of professional vision teachers
Martin Brofman
. Lausanne, Switzerland. Martin gives Vision Workshops in Europe. 
(Site in English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Italian, Portuguese and Brazilian. Wow...)
Anna Hirt Eberle, Basel, Switzerland.
Carla Real, Zurich, Switzerland. (email Carla)
Heidi Hauser, Switzerland.

Germany
An extensive list of vision teachers in Germany including a few in Austria & Switzerland
Claude Desroches, Berlin, Germany. (Website in English and German)
Marianne Wiendl, Germany.
Uschi Ostermeier-Sitkowski, Durach-Kempten, Germany.

Rest of Europe
Marie Schils, Belgium. (Website in French and German)
Marian Malezka, Hasselt, Belgium
Hilde Enziger, Austria.
Siergiej Litwinow, Poland. (Website in Polish, English, Czech, and Russian)
Magda Wawrzycka, Poland.
Mikolaj Markiewicz, Poland.
Torill Opsand, Norway (Website in Norwegian). Torill is a Feldenkrais practitioner and physiotherapist in addition to being a Bates teacher.
Tony Helinsky, Sweden (also has a website in English)
Sylvia Lakeland, Lisboa, Portugal. (Website in Portuguese and English)
Peter Vén, Budapest, Hungary.  Website in Hungarian, English, Italian, French and German.
Daniela Matuchová, Banská Bystrica, Slovak Republic
Sara Van Herbert, Limassol, Cyprus.  Vision on Health.  Telephone 00357 25 932716

Australia & New Zealand

Peter Grunwald, NZ. Combines Natural Vision with Alexander Technique.
Carina Goodrich, Maleny, Qld, AU. Carina is continuing her mother Janet Goodrich's mission.
Barry Auchettl, Smythes Creek, Victoria, AU. "The more clearly we begin to see ourselves, the greater clarity we present to the world."
Geoff Hingerty, Sylvania Waters, NSW, AU. Vision Naturopath
Chris Barrett, The Eye Gym, NSW, AU.

Asia

Leo Angart. Leo combines the Bates Method with NLP and Pranic Healing.
He gives workshops in many places: in Asia, North America, Africa, Australia and Europe. 
Website in English, German, Spanish, Chinese, Hungarian, Slovene.
Jim Tan gives workshops in Singapore and Malaysia.
Harry Quek, Singapore. "Sight without glasses makes a world of difference."
Dorothea Goda, Osaka, Japan.
Lin Du, Nanjing, China.
Prapanna Swain in Pondicherry, India.  School of Perfect Eyesight at Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Rony Bhattacharjee, in Kolkata, India.  Also teaches at the School of Perfect Eyesight
Aruna Yadav. Workshops in Vizag, India.  Read an article in The Hindu about her work (in English)
Somnath Pal, Kolkata / Burrabazar, India.

South America

Meir Schneider and Beatriz Nascimento in Brazil. (Website in Portuguese and some English)
Sylvia Lakeland in São Paulo, Brazil. (Website in Portuguese and English)
Fernanda Leite Ribeiro, OD, São Paulo, Brazil. Besides being an optometrist, Fernanda is an excellent natural vision teacher who trained with Meir Schneider. She also uses syntonics (color light therapy).
Jaqueline Ledesma, Argentinia / Uruguay.
Lech Bitka, Ecuador.

Africa

David Ebisindei Apreala, Ekeki, Yenagoa City, Nigeria.

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Behavioral Optometrists

Behavioral Optometrists often do Vision Therapy (which is different from the Bates Method) and they usually are supportive of natural vision improvement.  They are also known as Functional Optometrists.

You may find a behavioral optometrist near you via these links, or look in your local phone book.  

Find a behavioral optometrist world-wide (COVD.org)
Find a behavioral optometrist
in the USA or Canada 
(OEPF.org)
Find a behavioral optometrist in the USA (Optometrists Network)
Find a behavioral optometrist in the USA (Cambridge Institute)
Find a behavioral optometrist in the UK (BABO.co.uk)
Find a behavioral optometrist in Australia or New Zealand (ACBO.org.au)
Find a functional optometrist in Mexico (Consejo Mexicano de Optometria Funcional / COMOF)
Vind een functionele optometrist / optoloog in Nederland
(FON)

Most of the Optometrists (OD) and Ophthalmologists (MD) listed below I know personally.  They will be helpful to you when lowering your prescription during your vision improvement process.  Many are familiar with the Bates method to some degree.  

Western USA:
James B. Mayer, OD, Thousand Oaks, CA. Vision therapy and accommotrac available.
King Y. Wong, OD, Santa Monica, CA.
Carolyn Wong, OD, Los Angeles, CA.
William Harpur, OD, San Diego, CA.
Larry Jebrock, OD, Novato, CA.
Elliot Kaplan, OD, Mill Valley, CA.
John Downing, OD, PhD, Sebastopol, CA.
Joseph Trachtman, OD, Seattle, WA. Inventor of the Accommotrac Vision Training device.
Neena Gabrielle, OD, Kirkland, WA.
Sam Berne
,
OD, Santa Fe, NM. Sam specializes in ADD, Vision and Learning
Jacob Liberman, OD, PhD, Maui, HI.  Jacob is the author of Light, medicine for the future and Take off your glasses and see (listed on the book page). He also developed the Eyeport.

No website (yet) for these optometrists/ophthalmologist, but you'll find them in your phonebook:
Lisa Harvey
, OD, Fort Bragg, CA.
Miguel Chaar-Navarro, OD, Tucson, AZ.
Neal Apple
, MD, Silver City, NM.
Cheri Glaus
, OD, Norton, OH.

Eastern USA:
Ray Gottlieb,
OD, PhD, (retired).  Ray is a very knowledgeable Bates-loving optometrist, still giving talks about vision improvement despite his retirement from optometry.  Ray's chart has reversed presbyopia ('over-40-farsightedness') in his patients and himself.
 You can download Ray's chart here
Marc Grossman
, OD, New Paltz & Rye, NY.  Marc is an optometrist with an open mind to the Bates Method and he uses vision training in his practices.  Extensive source of vision supplements.
Larry Wallace, OD, Ithaca, NY.
Cathy Stern, OD, Canton, MA.
Steven Gallop, OD, Broomall, PA.  Steven is the author of Looking differently at nearsightedness and myopia.
Charles Steinberg, OD, Wexford, PA.
Paul Harris, OD, Memphis, TN.
Alexandar Andrich. OD, North Royalton, OH.

Elsewhere:
Amelia Salvador, MD, Alicante, Spain.
Alex Frauenfeld,
MD, Vienna, Austria.
Ilse Strempel, MD, Giessen, Germany. (Offers alternative care for glaucoma.)

Elzbieta Enderlin, MD, Stockholm, Sweden.
Lilla Ungvary, MD, Budapest, Hungary.
Luc Uijen, OD, Maasbracht/Nederweert, Netherlands.
Rob Groenink, OD, Uithoorn, Netherlands.
Frank Hardy, OD, Vlissingen, Netherlands.
Henk Rensen, OD, Purmerend, Netherlands.

Nathalie Weytjens, OD, Tollenbeek, Belgium.
Roberto Kaplan, OD, Vienna, Austria.
Estelle Saunders, OD, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Fernanda Leite Ribeiro, OD, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Besides being an optometrist, Fernanda is an excellent natural vision teacher who trained with Meir Schneider. She also uses syntonics (color light therapy).
Rony Bhattacharjee
, OD, Kolkata, India.
Jenny Livanos, OD, North Strathfield, NSW, Australia.

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Other vision related websites

The Association of Vision EducatorsThe AVE website has a practitioners list; it includes many teachers who do not have websites and are therefore not listed above, so do check this if you have not yet found a teacher near you!
David Kiesling
has set up an excellent site about the Bates Method, includes many great articles.  David's Bates Method Store offers a good variety of new and second hand books.
Rune Kenneth Meisingset has created an awesome site about the Bates method.  Valuable info!
Dr Poesnecker has good information about the Bates Method.
Alex Eulenberg  International Society for the Enhancement of Eyesight.  Great resource for Bates materials.
Monica Pawlan author of Relax, Smile and Enjoy the View 
Clark Night More Bates Method information
Doug Marsh Author of Restoring your Eyesight, a Taoist Approach.
Marc Meisels, a student of the Bates Method who is inspired to help others find the truth.
Anna Borisova, a vision student in Sweden writes a blog about Natural Vision Improvement.
Ott-lites - Full spectrum lamps developed by John Ott.  For better vision and health.
More information about health and light.   They sell John Ott's excellent video: Exploring the Spectrum.
Full spectrum solutions - more full spectrum lamps
A page explaining the effect of sunlight on eyes, and doing away with the myth of Galileo going blind from observing the sun.
Paul E Dennison
, Braingym. Very helpful for people with dyslexia and learning disabilities, closely related to better vision.
Sue Barry, also known as 'Stereo Sue', a website on strabismus and Frederick Brock's work.
Frank Navratil B.Sc, N.D. Iridology, Czech Republic.  Author of For your eyes only and The Eye for an Eye Diet
Bill Sardi, author of Nutrition and the Eyes.
Krissy Golub, AZ. Krissy overcame Keratoconus without surgery and shares her story.
FitEyes.com, a site for those with glaucoma to connect and share solutions
Ray Amsterdam, UK.  Ray overcame macular degeneration naturally and his site presents a very detailed Case Study of his recovery through Ayurveda - subsequent to being told "there is no treatment available to restore ... vision".  The site includes full clinical data, a discussion section, and treatment contact details.
Alexander Technique, for improved body posture and movement awareness, to improve eyesight.
Feldenkrais Method, Somatic education; awareness through movement.  
  They have a nice article about seeing clearly by David Webber.
Egoscue Method, also for improved posture and pain relief.  Very effective.
Milton Trager MD, The Trager Approach of psychophysical integration and Mentastics movement education.  This can help loosen up chronic tension in the body.
Jack Heggie's Total Body Vision (Six CDs of exercises that combine Feldenkrais with the Bates method)
Vittoz Method American Vittoz Society.  Mental training through movements and visualization.
Focusing is a technique for emotional self healing. A great adjunct in vision improvement.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an easy to learn, easy to use self help tool for dealing with emotional challenges.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a popular technique which allows you to change, adopt, or eliminate behaviors, as you desire, and gives you the ability to choose your mental, emotional, and physical states of well-being.
Byron Katie's 'The Work' - a highly effective method for overcoming stressful thought patterns.
Autogenic Training is an effective relaxation technique that originated in Germany.  Easy to learn and easy to use!
Silva Method is an effective mind training method that helps replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
Center for Empowered Learning, Educational Therapy, Los Angeles 

Educational therapy goes beyond tutoring... it changes lives!  We specialize in helping students of all ages who are struggling with one or more school subjects and have lost faith in their capacity to succeed.  We open the student's belief system to success and provide all the effective, research-validated educational programs and tools available to quickly propel a student to academic achievement.
Peter K. Kaiser, The Joy of Visual Perception, an e-book about vision. 
William Carter's story of improving his vision. Worth reading!
John Bryan's vision improvement story from -5 to better than 20/20 vision.
Tutis Vilis' Undergraduate level course in Sensory Physiology which includes an "Introduction to Eye Movements". 
Christopher McPeck
EyeCanLearn
Visual skill practices for children
Children's Vision Information Network, Wichita, KS, USA.
PAVE (Parents Active for Vision Education) is an organization whose mission is to raise public awareness of the crucial relationship between vision and achievement.
Success stories of people who used vision therapy (different from Bates Method) to help their vision.  Vision therapy can be a useful adjunct with the Bates Method.  If you can't find a Bates Teacher near you, you may find a Vision Therapist instead.
Eye2Eye, Solutions In Sight - Computer Eyestrain Treatment System
A website in Hebrew about the Bates Method.  This Israeli website has much information about Bates.

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Affordable Prescription Glasses

Cheap glasses? - Yes, that's possible!
Are you nearsighted and jealous of those farsighted people who can cheaply buy their reading glasses at any dollar store?  Or are you farsighted with a different level for each eye?  I have good news!  The websites below sell glasses at very affordable rates, sometimes for less than US$30 per pair.
You type in the (reduced) prescription you want, you chose a frame, pay, and you'll get your glasses in the mail. It's Easy! 
Click here for a guide to buying glasses online.
 
 

zennioptical.com  (based in California)
greateyeglasses.com (based in California)
bestpriceglasses.com (based in California)
eyebuydirect.com (based in California)
goggles4u.com  (based in California and Canada, free shipping)
eyebuyexpress.com (based in New Mexico)
lensesrx.com (based in New York) Send your frames, for $30 they put in the lenses you want.
eyeglassesdirect.com  (based in New York) Also has option to use your own frames.
39dollarglasses.com
(based in New York)
glassesusa.com (based in New Jersey)
justeyewear.com (based in Maryland)
spectaclesandglasses.co.uk (based in England)
selectspecs.com (based in England)

directsight.co.uk (based in England)
glassesdirect.co.uk (based in England)
glassescrafter.com (based in England)
onestopglasses.co.uk (based in England)
specsuperstore.com (based in England)
speckyfoureyes.com (based in England) Will reglaze your current frames with new lenses.
glasses4less.net (based in Scotland)
specsavers.nl (based in the Netherlands)
brillen24.nl (based in the Netherlands)

This list is not complete.  To find more sites like these, do an internet search for 'affordable prescription glasses' or something similar. 

Contact lenses are a 'medical device' and a USA law from 2004 stipulates that they can only be sold with a valid prescription from your eye-doctor.  I don't know about laws in other countries, but these Canadian sites seems to sell contact lenses without asking for a prescription.  Please check your national laws to be sure...

globallens.ca (based in British Columbia, Canada)
visionpros.ca (based in British Columbia, Canada)

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E-Groups on Natural Vision Improvement

You can join these groups for free, ask questions, or just read about other people's experiences. Educational and informational, but not always 100% accurate. Keep your common sense and decide for yourself.
To avoid a deluge of e-mails from yahoo groups, read the messages on-line 
or sign up for daily digests only.

IBlindness forum.  A good discussion forum about the Bates method, set up by David Kiesling.
Bates Method group.  Since February 2002
Natural Vision Improvement group.  Since December 1998
International Society for Enhancement of Eyesight  Since October 1999
VisionSenz - Robin Parsons' group about Myopia  Since January 2002 (now inactive)
Focus On Vision Training  Since March 2003, set up by Francine Eisner, USA (now inactive)
Italian discussion forum on Natural Vision Improvement. Since November 2001
Spanish group: forovisionnatural  Since November 2007

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