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Relearning to See: Improve Your Eyesight -- Naturally!

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  17 reviews
In this accessible presentation of the famous Bates method, Thomas R. Quackenbush (who teaches the Bates method in California and Oregon) describes how eyesight can improve naturally, at any age and regardless of heredity. This book is a wonderful tribute to the genius of Dr. Bates, who was a pioneer in discovering how vision becomes blurred and how it restores itself natu ...more
Paperback, 552 pages
Published January 24th 2000 by North Atlantic Books (first published April 25th 1996)
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Jess Scott
Jul 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
=====[ORIGINAL REVIEW written on December 12, 2008:]=====

In one of the reviews in the first two pages of the book, someone comments that the book could really be titled "Relearning to Live". I heartily agree. A lot of the 5-star reviews say it as it is.

Compared to the hundreds of dollars I've spent on eyeglasses, eighteen dollars to read about improving eyesight (to the point where eyeglasses aren't needed--truly!), seems to be a bit of a paradox. I was a bit skeptical at first, but the will to
Steve Goodwin
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of those types of books which should be required reading for general health.

We learn how to exercise our bodies through P.E. classes but not much is ever mentioned about our eyes. How to keep them healthy, and keep their full range of focus ability.

Like many muscles, if we don't use them, we lose them. Staring at computer screens, or blank walls in offices all day, doesn't stretch our eyes to look into long distances.

A good read, with practical advice which may help many people. Like most th
Mary  Oliver
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read the book to learn how to easily apply shifting and other methods to improve the eyesight. Use's `Look Inside Tool'; search for Shifting, Sketching, Brushing and Centralization taught by this Expert Author, Teacher.

I attended the Author Thomas Quackenbush's Natural Vision Improvement class in 1999 in San Francisco, CA after reading, studying his book 'Relearning To See-Improve Your Eyesight Naturally' in 1997. Later I read his 2nd book 'Better Eyesight, The Complete Magazines of W
Brad Belschner
Oct 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: health
This book helped my improve my prescription from -10.5 to -6.5 Diopters. That's a huge difference, and I'm deeply indebted to Thomas Quackenbush (probably the all-time worst name to have if you work in alternative medicine!). I wanted to get all the way to 20/20 vision, but in the end I concluded this was not possible. The theory underlying this book is flawed.

The Bates Theory teaches that eyeballs are malleable, and that the muscles *surrounding* the eyeballs control focus. But eyeballs aren't
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
I have had a unclear eysight especially for long distance view.

I take a little walk every morning and there I check my eyesight. There is a high voltage pole 1 km away and I thought the pole was made of 2 poles (with a horisontal bar above). Today I know and can clearly see that the double pole is for sure only one single pole. I see it clearly now, and even also the thin wires holding it in place.

Now I see the text on the televison clearly. Had great problems with that before this book.

Livia Blackburne
Jul 05, 2010 rated it liked it
It's a rather unfortunate last name for an alternative medicine author. I didn't read most of it -- just the relevant chapters. After reading this, I did request reduced prescriptions from my optomitrist, and twice in a row now, I've returned to the optomitrist to find that I see 20/20 with the reduced prescription. I'd say my eyes have improved maybe from -5.75 to -5.00? I don't quite remember. Not sure how far I can take this, but hey, any improvement is nice. ...more
Jul 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
It had some interesting ideas, but overall no clinical (or other) research or trials were offered as proof.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: biology, health
The Bates method involves

* Movement: eyes should always be in motion, never fixed on anything
* Centralization: keep looking at only one thing at a time
* Relaxation: don’t strain

The book includes suggestions for better shifting (sketch lines with your eyes), breathing (he likes yawning), blinking (do it more).

There is a section on nutrition (standard advice for real, low-processed foods. He also suggests no dairy or wheat). seems to be the main online site.

Wikipedia is high
Debra Daniels-Zeller
This book is way too long, but overall it's a great inspiration for anyone who wants to improve her vision. Lots of information about the eyes, how they work, things that go wrong with vision, plus lots of relaxation tips, aspects of the famous Bates Method for improving eyesight, plus exercises to improve your vision. For anyone tired of paying for new glasses and stronger prescriptions every year, this book is awesome inspiration. We need more books like this that empower us to take care of ou ...more
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
I tried. I tried this for years. I did the exercises, I walked around with my glasses so much that I became able to function fairly well amidst a huge blur. I was on a forum for fans of this book and they would all go on about how much it helped their vision. And then one day I said I was frustrated (my vision was really wretched) that my vision was, according to my eye chart, exactly the same, and people wrote and said basically, well, this really helped me feel better about not wearing glasses ...more
Dec 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to understand their eyes and improve their vision
Shelves: reference
Tom Quackenbush's textbook is a fascinating melange of basic biology with total devotion to Dr. William Bates and his methods. Quackenbush spends dozens and dozens of pages quoting entire passages from Bates' books and periodicals. I take issue with Quackenbush's fanboy fervor towards Bates' teachings-as-doctrine (and unlike the skeptics on Wikipedia, he does sweep some of Bates' mistakes under the rug), but this book is full of beautiful science and clear diagrams of how many of the exercises c ...more
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading Better Eyesight Without Glasses by Dr William Bates, left me very confused, but this book made the concept much clearer and provided the exercises to return one to normal habits. Why is this not taught in all schools?
Dustin Palmer
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Thick book that takes some perserverance to get through, but the insights (no pun intended) are amazing--but only if actually applied. I'm applying the book in conjunction with many practical changes in how I see. I strongly suggest taking notes and practicing the new ways to see. ...more
Mar 21, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: health-and-diet
I'm all for aging gracefully but I'm fighting the reading glasses. ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Time will tell if it'll work or not.. :) ...more
Aurel Mihai
Jan 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: medicine, non-fiction
Part quackery, part medicine, part advertisement, excessively long.
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