By Joana Garcia-Natural Vision Educator-Bates Method
The Bates Method, a method for recovering the vision created by Dr. WH Bates in the United States almost one hundred years ago and originally called cone method “Visual Training or Natural Vision Improvement”. The ophthalmologist found that the view is not constant, ie that fluctuates with the physical and emotional state of the person. After much research, he designed an effective educational process which is actually a holistic discipline that has already helped solve visual problems of millions of people worldwide.
On which it is based?
Bates realized that people who had vision problems, eye used differently, noted especially the eyes (gaze) is not moved, had excessive strain on the extraocular muscles and also lacked centralization. The three basic principles are:
An eye that looks good is an eye that moves, because this is the nature of the eye. The normal eye moves continuously, making the so-called saccades, which are very rapid involuntary. They can become of the order of 60 mov / sg. If these movements ralentitzan, lose sharpness, increase the blur.
To make all these movements, the eye has to be relaxed. Are two functions that feed. No relaxation, there is not enough movement and vice versa. Today with the abusive use we make of electronic devices (computers, mobile phones, TV, etc.), the eyes are overworked and do not relax. We think that when we go to bed will relax, but it is not. We must put consciousness and will in relaxation.
The eye has ability to see clearly only in a very small place in the retina, the fovea centralis. When you focus on something that is in line with the fovea, we see this thing or part thereof be clearly and is lol we call centralized view. Everything that projects outside the fovea, will blur and is what is called peripheral vision. The perception of both views, central and peripheral simultaneously is a symptom of good use of the eyes.
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