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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.

As of 2016 I offer 5-day continuation training to vision educators to increase their knowledge and understanding of the Traditional Bates Method. Teachers who have taken this training are endorsed by me because I know they can help you effectively on your path to clarity. Look for TBM in front of the teacher's name to find those certified in the Traditional Bates Method.

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
 - South America
 - Europe
 - Asia
 - Africa
 - Australia & New Zealand

Behavioral Optometrists

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

Affordable prescription glasses


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.
Claudia Muehlenweg, El Segundo, CA
Jeannie 'Viveka' Fitzsimmons, Beverly Hills, CA
Sue Choi, Venice, CA
Carlos Moreno, Montebello, 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
Myriam Lapidus, Sedona, AZ
Mitch Kirschner, Portland, OR

Gene Younger
, Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA
Marybetts Sinclair, Corvallis, OR
Sarah Cobb, Port Townsend, WA
Carol Gallup, Port Townsend, WA
Troy Ballard, Orem, UT
Greg Marsh, Fort Collins, CO
Carla Sciaky, Denver, CO
Catherine Williams
, Colorado Springs, CO
Jason Stuck, Pagosa Springs, CO
Melissa Moody, Austin, TX
Kate Keilman, Honolulu, HI

Eastern USA

Nancy Neff, Fishkill, NY. Nancy made tremendous strides in her own vision coming from -12 and now driving without glasses in daytime! Amazing woman, worth getting her help and advice.
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."
Ree Coleman, Newton, MA
Martin Sussman, Topsfield, MA. 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. 
Sharon Hicks, Norristown, PA
Nathan Oxenfeld, Asheville, NC
Roseanne Hutchinson, Athens, GA.
Robert Lichtman - For those of you who wonder why Robert Lichtman is no longer in this list for New York City, where he used to teach, I am sad to say he passed away at his home in Irvine, CA, on 11 February 2015. His website (effortlessvision.com) has been offline for some time while he dealt with an aggressive brain tumor. Bobby, you will be so very much missed in our vision community. Click on his name to read Robert's article "Myopia as an Adaptation"

Canada

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

South America

Beatriz Nascimento in Brazil. (Website in Portuguese and some 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, Buenos Aires, Argentinia
Lech Bitka, Ecuador

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)
TBM Pieter Wester, Noord Holland (TBM explanation)
Kim van der Hoeven, Westland, Zuid Holland
Maria van Velsen, 's-Hertogenbosch
Thea Renaud, Haarlem.  
Mieke Rep, Middelburg, Zeeland
Rijn de Jonge, Harderwijk, Gelderland
Jacqueline Reijnen, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Willeke Beckeringh, Assen, Drenthe
Saskia Naber
, Den Andel, 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
TBM Giovanella Pattavina, Treviso/Padua area, Italy. Giovennella is a medical doctor specialized in physical rehabilitation. She is also a certified Rolfing practitioner. (TBM explanation)
TBM Carlo Cannistrano, Portobuffole, TV, Italy. Carlo is also an Osteopath. (TBM explanation)
AIEV, Italian Association of Vision Educators, provides a long list of vision teachers in Italy.
Gisele Toselli, Roma, Italy
Vanna Bianchin, Pordenone, Italy

Giuseppe Goldoni, Modena, Italy

Maurizio Cagnoli
, Roma, Italy
Giorgio Ferrario, Milano, Italy

Beatrice Pavasini, Ferrara, Italy
Stefania Romagnoli, Foligno (PG) Italy. Stafania combines Bates method with Feldenkrais work.
Morena Bernardi, Milano, Italy
Laura Canepa, Genova, Italy
Loredana de Michelis, Padova, Italy

Spain
Amelia Salvador, MD, Alicante, Spain
Maria Stella Marini, Tenerife, Spain
Amelia Jurado Fernandez
, Madrid area, Spain
Andrea Buch Romero, Barcelona, Spain
Rosana Artiaga, Madrid, Spain
Cristina Masip, Benicarlo, Castellon, Spain

Switzerland
Swiss union of professional vision teachers
TBM Evelyn Ott, Zurich, Switzerland (TBM explanation)
TBM Sandra Weide, St.Gallen, Switzerland (TBM explanation)
TBM Ursula Muller, Romanshorn, Switzerland (TBM explanation)
Anna Hirt Eberle, Basel, Switzerlan.
Carla Real, Zurich, Switzerland. (email Carla)
Cornelia Stromeyer, Zurich, Switzerland
Heidi Hauser, Switzerland
Martin Brofman. Lausanne, Switzerland. Sadly, Martin passed away on 11 August 2014.  His website is still available, and his work remains with us through his books and the many people he taught.

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
Petra Goebel, Friedrichsdorf, Germany

Rest of Europe
Marie Schils, Belgium. (Website in French and German)
Marian Maleszka, 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.
TBM Elzbieta Enderlin, MD, Stockholm, Sweden. (TBM explanation)
Tony Helinsky, Sweden (also has a website in English)
Sylvia Lakeland, Lisboa, Portugal. (Website in Portuguese and English)
TBM Lilla Ungvary, MD, Budapest, Hungary. (TBM explanation)
Peter Vén
, Budapest, Hungary.  Website in Hungarian, English, Italian, French and German.
Daniela Matuchová, Banská Bystrica, Slovak Republic
Hana Maslowska, Prague, Czeck Republic
Jana Pozlovska, Prague, Czech Republic
Vija Busa, Riga, Latvia
Sara Van Herbert, Limassol, Cyprus.  Vision on Health.  Telephone 00357 25 932716

Asia

Sylvia Lakeland in Jerusalem, Israel. In 2016 Sylvia moved to Israel from Brazil. She is learning Hebrew and will start teaching there soon. (Website in Portuguese and English)
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)

Africa

Christopher Lane, Cape Town, South Africa

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
Chris Barrett, The Eye Gym, NSW, AU

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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.
Note: Although you increase your chance of finding someone supportive of your vision improvement process when you go to a Behavioral OD, not all of them will be helpful. Please don't get discouraged, trust your instincts, and find a good Bates teacher to help you!

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.
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.
Neha Amin, OD, Phoenix, AZ.
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 eye doctors, 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/Las Cruces, NM.
Cheri Glaus
, OD, Norton, OH.
Charles Steinberg, OD, Wexford, PA.

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. His new site: drgrossman2020.com
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.
Paul Harris, OD, Memphis, TN.
Alexandar Andrich, OD, North Royalton, OH.
Mary Gregory, OD, Monticello, MN.

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

TBM Elzbieta Enderlin, MD, Stockholm, Sweden.
TBM 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 and a useful forum.  
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.
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.
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.

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". 
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)
visio-rx.nl (based in the Netherlands)
amazon.com (yes, even amazon now sells glasses for myopia! This link goes to one example, you can search amazon for other examples by typing 'glasses for myopia' in their search box.)

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 in the USA they can only be sold with a valid prescription from your eye-doctor.  In Canada and Europe laws are different and contact lenses can be bought there without a current prescription, making it easy to get reduced prescriptions. It used to be possible for Americans to buy contact lenses from Canadian websites, but since June 2015 this seems to no longer be an option. I notice UK sites ship world-wide, and if you speak any one of the European languages you can search for a supplier there too.

globallens.ca (based in British Columbia, Canada)
visionpros.ca (based in British Columbia, Canada)
contactlenses.co.uk (based in the UK, ships world-wide, no Rx required)

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