How scientific is Bates method of Eye sight techniques?
Haven’t you always wanted a perfect vision? A vision that is so excellent that you no longer need to wear those uncomfortable and unsightly glasses or contact lenses. Well, Well, Well, let me present to you Dr. Bates, an ophthalmologist who almost gave more than 30 years of his precious life to research to look for alternatives to cure eye visionary problems such as myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism.
Dr. Bates noticed that as his clients approached him with different kinds of eye vision problems, and most of them even after wearing glasses. He got to know that glasses do not allow eyes to naturally heal itself, but rather make the problem even worse.
Dr. Bates also noticed that problems such as myopia, hyperopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism are not hereditary as most people believe but are rather caused due to stress. He said that every child is born with a perfect vision and most students do not require glasses until are made known to schools or post-school.
However, there is a point that this method was invented around a 100 years ago, when people did not have smartphones, laptops, and most importantly people never used to stare at screen all day long. Bates method mainly includes palming. What palming actually does is gives rest to the ciliary muscle which is responsible for focusing. So maybe this method worked on those people who lived 10 years ago but maybe may not work on people of today’s generation.
Palming actually helps relax the focusing muscle therefore making you feels fresh. However, this cannot be considered as a permanent solution.
So, to conclude I would like to say that this method was made to cure eye visionary problems 100 years ago, problems that are nothing to those we face now. I do not say that Bates method is useless but may not be effective today. So, a long-term alternative to this can be going outside and looking at far distances, for which eyes were made and you are indirectly making that muscle relax.
I would like to end with a quote by William Bates “Most human beings are, unfortunately, ugly enough without putting glasses upon them, and to disfigure any of the really beautiful faces that we have with such contrivances is surely as bad as putting an import tax upon art. As for putting glasses upon a child it is enough to make the angels weep.”