Books, Links, and Other Resources to Help Improve Your Vision Naturally
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The Art of Seeing by Aldous Huxley. Aldous Huxley benefited enormously from the Bates method and wrote this excellent book out of gratitude to his teachers. In a clear and concise writing style, he explains the theory behind the ‘art of seeing’ and offers many techniques to promote healthy vision. Huxley’s aim is to ‘correlate the methods of visual education with the findings of modern psychology and critical philosophy’. HarperCollins Publishers 1994
Natural Vision Improvement by Janet Goodrich, Ph.D.
A holistic approach to vision improvement expanding on the Bates Method and including brain integration, movement, relaxation, visualization, creativity, nutrition, emotional release and activities. Goodrich improved her own nearsightedness and astigmatism as she did research in psychology and vision improvement in the 1970s and 1980s. Celestial Arts Books 1986
How to Improve Your Child’s Eyesight Naturally by Janet Goodrich, Ph.D. Written for parents and others who care about children’s vision, this book is informative and offers fun, creative activities to help children with various vision conditions. A tape of songs to accompany the book is also available. Inner Traditions International 2004
Perfect Sight without Glasses by William H. Bates, M.D. The classic work on vision improvement by the pioneer ophthalmologist who practiced in the early 1900s. Bates studied how people with perfect sight saw, then developed ways for those with poorer vision to develop those habits. Many thousands of people have improved their vision by using his methods.
Help Yourself to Better Sight by Margaret Darst Corbett. A classic by a well-known Bates teacher who trained many other teachers in the Bates-Corbett Method of Eye Education. Prentice-Hall 1949
Relearning to See by Tom Quackenbush. A very thorough and comprehensive exploration of the Bates Method and of Natural Vision Improvement. North Atlantic Books 1997
Eye Yoga; How You See Is How You Think by Dr. Jane Rigney Battenberg and Martha Rigney. This is a fascinating and practical book combining the more traditional approach to holistic vision improvement with techniques from Neuro-Linguistic programming (NLP), yoga and psychology. In addition, by requiring one to do the work with a partner, it will help reduce the aloneness so many students feel who live far from a teacher and have to explore and heal their vision on their own.
Improve Your Vision by Martin Brofman. In this book, Martin Brofman provides a practical program for anyone seeking clarity on all levels. This is a book about insight as well as eyesight. Discover how to release the stress that creates impaired vision while also unlocking your own personal potential and learning to see more clearly.
Restoring Your Eyesight: A Taoist Approach by Doug Marsh Doug Marsh combines proven methods pioneered a century ago by eye doctor William Bates, with the ancient Chinese wisdom of Taoism. Marsh describes how vision goes deeper than the eyes and optic nerves, extending well into the layers of the mind, emotions, and spirit. Ten Speed 2007
28 Days to Reading Without Glasses by Lisette Scholl. If you are over forty and have developed a condition known as presbyopia (often called ‘middle-age sight), you may not be able to focus to read clearly. Using a holistic approach, the author provides a four-week program of simple exercises to help overcome this and other conditions of blurry vision, in order to give you freedom from reading glasses. Carol Publishing Group 1998
The Power Behind Your Eyes: Improving Your Eyesight With Integrated Vision Therapy by Robert Michael Kaplan, O.D. Kaplan, a Vision Educator and a former professor of optometry, guides the reader through the process of understanding how vision is related to the bigger picture of one’s life. Scientific concepts are balanced with an exploration of the mind/body influences on vision. Healing Arts Press 1995
Greater Vision by Marc Grossman, O.D., L.Ac., and Vinton McCabe, N.V.E. A comprehensive program for physical, emotional, and spiritual clarity. Includes information on the eye-brain connection, treating common vision impairments, natural vision improvement and exercises for greater vision. Keats Publishing 2001
Take Off Your Glasses and See! by Jacob Liberman, O.D.
Liberman tells the story of improving his own eyesight and the contradictions between his experience and his training as an optometrist. He explores many aspects of vision, including the relationship between energy and emotions and vision. A list of natural vision improvement practitioners is included. Crown Publishing 1995
Natural Eye Care: An Encyclopedia – Complementary Treatments for Improving and Saving Your Eyes by Marc Grossman, O.D., L.Ac. and Glen Swartwout, O.D. Grossman and Swartwout cover critical territory in this new book on self-help for eye diseases, using a natural approach. They guide the reader through proper nutrition, acupuncture, acupressure and basic exercises for a variety of eye diseases, including cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration. An essential resource for the motivated person diagnosed with any eye disease. Keats Publishing 1999
The Handbook of Self-Healing: Your Personal Program for Better Health and Increased Vitality by Meir Schneider PhD, L.M.T. and Maureen Larkin. A guide to working with your own body, to increase awareness, prevent injury and disease, and heal a wide variety of degenerative conditions. Schneider, who cured himself of congenital blindness, describes specific exercises, movements and body work, and includes an excellent section on vision. Penguin 1994
Movement for Self-Healing by Meir Schneider PhD, L.M.T. Born blind, Meir Schneider was convinced that his condition was not permanent. As a teenager he began work with two teachers who gave him exercises to reverse the blindness. Over time, he became able to see, and he continued developing techniques for self-healing. This book is filled with clearly illustrated exercises for eye problems and also for conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, back pain and muscular dystrophy. New World Library 2004
Amazing Grace by Grace Halloran. The autobiography of a tenacious and courageous woman who would not accept that she would go blind from her diagnosed condition of congenital retinitis pigmentosa. Her story is moving and inspiring. North Star Publications 1993
Sunlight Could Save Your Life by Zane Kime, M.D., M.S. This book relates many research studies which demonstrate the relationship between nutrition, sunlight, health and disease. It offers many insights into the relationship of sunlight to human health.
Total Health at the Computer by Martin Sussman & Dr. Ernest Loewenstein with Howard Sann. This book teaches the reader how to be pain free at the computer, and to relieve symptoms of computer stress syndrome, eyestrain, headaches, tension, sore wrists, hands, shoulders, neck and back. It also includes recommendations for preventing carpal tunnel syndrome. Station Hill Press 1993
The Magic Eye Books by N.E.Thing Enterprises. These books of 3D illusions are a fun way to educate your visual system. They help develop more flexibility of mind and guide your eyes so they work better as a team. Whether your vision is normal and easy or if it is more challenged, these simple activities are entertaining for people of all ages. Station Hill Press 1993
The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M.D. This wonderful book explains the research that shows how our habits actually transform our brain anatomy and the best ways to alter these habits. It describes how it is the mind that sees and ways to undo our customary mental patterns. Doidge makes this material very understandable. James A. Silberman Books
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine with Ann Frederick. Living is stressful. In the natural flow of life we recover from stress by resting and relaxing. When the stress is too much and we are unable to recover, it is called trauma. It stays in the body and can accumulate bringing stiffness in the muscles and habitual pathways in the brain. This excellent book explains the mechanisms of stress and trauma in addition to describing how we can heal.
Video Tapes and DVDs
Yoga For Your Eyes: Natural Vision Improvement Exercises by Meir Schneider 92 minute video plus study guide and eye chart. Produced in 1999. Program Highlights: · Principles of natural eyesight improvement · Exercises to increase visual acuity and ocular health · Tibetan yoga practices to refresh eyes and mind · “on-the-spot” techniques to ease reading, driving, and computer eyestrain · how eyesight influences your overall well-being · course in vision improvement for home use
Audio Tapes and CDs
The Program for Better Vision by Martin Sussman
For the audios, call The Cambridge Institute at 978-887-3883. This audiotape series contains: · 6 different Vision Sessions · 64-page Program Guide · 8-week First Stage Schedule · 2 Vision Charts · Fusion String
The Natural Vision Improvement Kit by Meir Schneider PhD, L.M.T. An interactive kit to help you discover how eyesight influences your overall well-being, and teaches many exercises to increase your visual acuity and ocular health. The kit includes: · 2 audio CDs – one specifically designed to reduce computer eyestrain · 13 photo-illustrated cards to help you practice the exercises anywhere · 2 eye charts · An illustrated guidebook describing all the exercises
White Light Vision Improvement CD by Martin Brofman. This CD includes two meditations to help you get in contact with the real you and restore yourself to clarity. The first meditation is a progressive White Light relaxation which includes affirmations and visualizations presented at alpha. The second meditation includes the addition of eye exercises designed to restore flexibility to the eye muscles. LaRaaJi’s zither music accompanies both tracks.
Pinhole Glasses These simple tools help your eyes to rest. They allow the eyes to see without the need to focus, so they can relax. Because the world looks different when you look through all the little holes, the mind has to shift and become more flexible. This is all helpful for your visual system, as long as you avoid straining. They must not be worn for driving, riding a bike or other activities that especially require good peripheral vision.
Finding a Vision Educator
- Association for Vision Educators: www.visioneducators.org
- Bates Association for Vision Education: www.seeing.org
- VETI Graduates
Finding a Supportive Optometrist
- The College of Optometrists in Vision Development: www.COVD.org
- Please note: Some of the behavioral optometrists listed on the above site are holistic. Others are mostly doing vision therapy with children who have learning difficulties or eyes that don’t work well together, and may be uninterested in myopia reduction. Before making an appointment it is best to ask whether they are willing to give reduced prescriptions.
Nutrition for the Eyes, and Help for Eye Diseases
- Dr. Marc Grossman: www.naturaleyecare.com
Holistic Health Care
- Cambridge Health Associates: cambridgehealthassociates.com
- Craniosacral Therapy with Mark Levine: www.marklevine.ca