Vision training and natural vision improvement is a series of exercises and techniques used to improve, maintain, and prevent visual disorders. The definition does not refer to any particular refractive error. Rather, vision training is designed to upgrade the entire visual system and can improve many different types of disorders. Our eyes get into bad habits. The exercises are designed to help our eyes to learn new habits that improve vision naturally.
Natural vision improvement and vision training are not new concepts. They were pioneered in 1919 by Dr. William H. Bates, a highly respected doctor within the field of ophthalmology who wrote The Bates Method for Better Eyesight without Glasses. (Bates  1981)
Dr. Bates examined thousands of patients and observed that many cases of refractive errors changed their form or suddenly improved. This led him to believe that these conditions were not permanent and that there could be a cure or prevention for them. This belief led him to do more research on methods to improve vision naturally.
Dr. Bates stated, “Every ophthalmologist of any experience knows that the theory of incurability of errors of refraction does not fit the observed facts. Not infrequently such cases recover spontaneously, or change from one form to another.” (Bates  1981)
Similarly, at Rebuild Your Vision, we have received countless stories of vision improvement from participants of our natural vision improvement program. Many members have reported some improvement within a week or two. While other have said that it took longer but the improvement did occur.
From his studies, Bates concluded that the cause of refractive errors was straining to see and the eye, if taught to relax, could again function normally. Nearly 80 years has passed since Bates’ work began and since then the subject has been extensively researched by professionals around the world.
Doctors that teach and offer services in vision training are referred to as behavioral optometrists and are board certified in vision therapy. There are a few associations and groups devoted to this practice, although the numbers are quite small in relation to the number of total practicing doctors in the eye care field.
Many behavioral optometrists specialize in the vision development of children with reading or learning disorders and behavioral problems. Others are more committed to the improvement of the overall visual function and the prevention of visual disorders. In either case they are helping people to learn new habits that can help them improve their vision naturally without the need for corrective lenses or surgery.
We have painstakingly researched the most effective exercises and techniques developed over the past 80 years for improving the major vision disorders and compiled them into the Rebuild Your Vision program. We know that with a little time and effort it is possible to improve your vision without expensive corrective lenses or the possible dangers of surgery.
We have found these exercises to be the most beneficial in regaining lost flexibility, strength, and coordination in the muscles of the visual system. Through repetition, these exercises work the eye in ways that normal, daily activities do not, and help to relieve the internal muscular stress that causes blurred vision.
Just as your normal daily activities may not strengthen the other muscles in your body that need to be stronger, your normal reading habits and work may mean that you are actually harming your eyes instead of strengthening them. Most jobs now involve the use of a computer or other electronic device. Focusing on these screens can cause eye strain. For this reason we made sure that we included special exercises that would help reduce the strain caused by focusing on electronic screens.
For the best results
While the exercises can help to retrain your eyes, it helps if you make sure that your eyes are also receiving the best combination of vitamins and nutrients. Talk to your optometrist about his recommendations for an eye supplement or eye vitamin. There are some specific vitamins and minerals that provide antioxidant properties that are essential for your healthy vision. However, you should always talk to a medical professional before starting a new vitamin or supplement.
Improving your vision the first step to healthy eyes. You also need to be sure that you are protecting your eyes. Changing your diet or adding an eye supplement is one good step in the process of protecting your eyes. Another is to be sure that you wear eye protection whenever you are out of doors. You should look for sunglasses that are rated to block as much of the UV spectrum as possible.
Eye protection wasn’t considered that much of a risk 80 years ago when eye exercises became popular; however, the green house gasses in our atmosphere today allow a wider spectrum of harmful UV rays to reach the earth and our eyes.
Natural vision improvement should not be thought of as a complex process. It is a simple, common sense approach to the care of the visual system that can be easily incorporated into your daily lifestyle. Eye exercises, diet, and eye protection are all things that can be easily done in your home. While you may want to consult with a behavioral optometrist in order to be sure that the exercises you are doing are the best for your particular vision issues, there is no reason to think that you cannot easily fit them into your daily schedule.
If you would like to see an example of an eye exercise, we’ve provided a free sample of an exercise that you can try at home. Considering how much you have to gain by improving your vision the natural way, it’s well worth the time it takes to look into eye exercises.