Bates Method: Not A Real Thing2018-12-02T04:30:36+00:00

We Don’t Do Bates Method.  Why?  Because our darling eye guru is tired of hearing from people telling him how it doesn’t work.  Yes, Bates was a pioneer, way ahead of his time, and if the path had continued, we likely would not have a myopia epidemic today.  We hold William Bates in the highest esteem.

But we don’t believe that “Bates Method”, today, is doing the man any justice.  This “method” you find online today, has little impact on multi-diopter, lens-induced myopia.  It won’t do a thing to induce axial reduction in your eyeball.  And it goes against many key things vision science has come to understand over the past century.  Still want to read more?  Here are some articles with Bates references.

Peripheral Vision Trick To Improve Eyesight

Darlings. Ole Jakey's been told that we're neglecting the blog.   Which may be true.  Also though I've been spending time posting more videos on our Tubes and keeping up with some conversations in our forum.  No excuse. So here's a bit of a nudge for one of the recent video-style rants, discussing peripheral vision and any potential for sudden and dramatic vision improvement. A bit of back story, some dude decided that taking endmyopia and Bates Method and creating [...]

Bates Method Didn’t Work .. Now What?

Another quick video today, from your most favorite darling eye guru. Do you ever wonder why we even bother posting videos about nonsense like Bates Method, attracting all teh trollz and mouth breathers of the Interwebs? Well.  The videos are bait. Here's why bait videos seem necessary:  I get a ton of e-mail from people who tried eye exercises and Bates Method, in the hopes of improving their eyesight.  Of course it never works out, so some give up, some [...]

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Unicorn Farming Nonsense: Bates Method & No Glasses

Oh, darlings. Getting VanderJakenbergen riled up again.  Yes.  People e-mailing me that their Bates teachers are telling them to stop wearing glasses. Wait. "Bates".  "Teachers". There we go, fixed the grammatical bits to reflect their title more accurately.   These things drive me just a tiny bit (more) insane.  Why?  Because I too look for health ideas online.  When I had weird thyroid issues.  TMJ teeth grinding bits.  When looking up blood test numbers.  And always, without fail, there's the [...]

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Bates Method: Getting In The Way Of Real Solutions (Video)

Quick YouTube story telling time, today. In this one I attempt to explain the harmful nature of the otherwise benignly silly concept of eye exercises. For most health related topics, there's the symptom managed, mainstream, quick-fix, pill popping side.  And then there's the other side, a causality addressing, solution seeking, "healing" approach to the problem.  Both of them are generally known to people who do any real amount of research. Take dentistry.  Yea, you can eat candy and get cavities [...]

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Bates Method: PALMING (And Better Ideas)

Have you been up all night, searching for the ultimate guide on Bates Method palming exercises?  Are wondering just how to best put your hands on your face? Then this guide is for you! Warning:  If you have an irrational and possibly highly emotional belief that Bates Method is amazing, you maybe won't like this post completely.  Because as usual, we'll be mixing a bit of truth and education in with some gratuitous sarcasm. First, realize that Bates Method as [...]


Oh, kittehs.  Let's just come to terms with one thing:  It'll never, ever end, the "Jake-why-not-Bates" questions. Bates fans often think I'm just a disagreeable asshole (which is accurate of course).  I'm opposed to it though at the peril of my own popularity or potential for making all that Bates money.  I'm NOT opposed to it for your own disadvantage. I leave out the palming and sunning, because I don't believe it's an effective use of time.  See my comments [...]