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If I could give this book 10 stars, I would! Of all the many books I've read on restoring natural eyesight, this one is the best by far. The author did an outstanding job conveying her years of knowledge in a very conversational, warm, simple as well as practical manner. I walked away from the book with alot of peace and confidence knowing that if I pick 1 or 2 techniques that help relax my eyes then that is enough for now. I can always go back when I need some new "tricks" as this book has everything I'll need to guide me to the "finish line". Initially I was put off by the price of the book but the breathing exercises alone are worth every penny. Buy it. You won't be disappointed!!
8/4/21 - edited to add, now that I'm much deeper into this journey, I would like to mention that the key to fixing your vision has to do with calming your central nervous system so I wish there had been more focus on that. At the end of the day, if I can't calm my breathing calm, I won't see clearly. I've achieved clearer vision more from working on my breathe through keeping my tongue on the roof of my mouth all the time & inhaling through my nose as well as daily meditation more than anything else.
This book is amazing! I am seeing daily vision improvements and went from -4.00 diopter glasses to now going all day with just my naked eyes😍 Esther teaches you how to overcome your self limiting beliefs and how to relax to clear vision😍🥰💕💕💕
This book is my favorite on vision improvement and I’ve done a lot of research on the topic. Love it! Esther Joy van der Werf sticks strictly to the Bates method and also adds a lot of up-to date information on light, screens, and nutrition. The book is very practical: it contains an abundance of different techniques you can choose and try. It is also easy to read. I’ve been wearing glasses for 30 years and had severe myopia. Blur started 6in from my face. Now for most activities like reading, working on the computer, cooking, hiking, yoga, ping-pong, and badminton I do not need glasses anymore. My vision acuity improved by about 3 diopters and I keep working on it. Depth and color perception, night vision, 3D, contrast, overall eye health are also improved noticeably. It feels so nice not to be dependent on glasses! Highly recommend this book.
My wife bought me this book for my birthday. I started trying to improve my vision a year ago through the Bates method and my vision has improved from needing -2.00 glasses for myopia to needing only -1.00. My favorite part of the book is the stories Esther gives of students who improved their eyesight and how they did it. It has given me greater insight and good examples and helped me realize how I am holding strain in my eyes on a daily basis. Following what I've learned from his book, I've been releasing this strain and trying to relax completely and see without effort. I've noticed sharper vision as I look without effort and strain. Since my bad vision habits are pretty ingrained in me, it has taken me some time to relearn to see in a relaxed manner. I'm hopeful that I'll get to 20/20 vision in another year of putting into practice the Bates Method.
As others have already said, this is probably the best book on improving eyesight ever written. I know because through the years I bought most of the other books. In the first place, Esther, who is likely the world's foremost authority on William Bates, MD, the father of alternative eyesight restoration techniques, has set the record straight about what Bates really taught. But in addition she approaches the subject from many novel angles that I've never seen mentioned before. She writes about posture, sleep, and massage, as well as the importance of breathing freely. Also, thank heavens, she exonerates sunlight, as Bates did, and talks of its importance rather than posing a danger. Also—and I found this fascinating—Esther suggests learning to accept a bit of blur if your eyes are not perfect. What I found, is that skipping the glasses all together, when not absolutely necessary, allows the eyes to retrain and even improve. I've stopped wearing glasses, except for night driving, and I have indeed seen improvement. I just don't need the glasses as I used to and when I put them on, that's when I feel strain! As a writer myself, I want to say in closing that this book is very well written with a very professional blend of seriousness and jocularity. It's a joy to read! If you only had one book on eyesight improvement, this would be it!
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2019
This is the BEST book on the Bates method of vision improvement ever written. (As a former Bates teacher myself, I've seen many of them). This book is outstanding for content, for clarity of instructions, for technical information and practical techniques, and it is the most motivating book I've ever encountered. Esther sticks true to the original principles set out by Dr. Bates, but her book is contemporary and fresh.
The book is well written with lots of great information that seems to be super helpful and easy to understand. I am doing my best to stick with the recommendations. So far I am two weeks in. As much as I would’ve loved to have seen MAJOR improvements by now like some people have at two weeks, I haven’t yet. I will say though that my current prescription was beginning to look like it was time to go back to the eye doctors and get a new stronger prescription HOWEVER since I have stopped using my glasses for the last two weeks and only wear them in certain situations I have noticed that I no longer need a stronger prescription and I can see better than ever with my glasses on. I love how crisp and clear I can see when I put my glasses on but I KNOW I’ll love it even more when I don’t have to rely on my glasses anymore. So I can say there’s some improvement happening already and I’ll keep it up for as long as I can see that my eyesight is actually improving. I just wish it was further along. Slowly but surely I suppose. Fingers crossed! I’ll update again at a later time as I continue to stick to what this book recommends. “See” y’all in a few months ;)
Ce livre est très bien fait, très précis, très complet, facile à comprendre, très clair pour un sujet qui souvent est critiqué comme douteux, charlatanisme. Esther essaye de rester objective, le plus près de la vérité. Elle veut partager avec le monde une autre perception sur la cause des problèmes visuels. Le livre va parler à ceux qui veulent rester le plus près d’eux mêmes. Il n’est pas fait pour ceux qui veulent avoir une solution sans travailler à eux mêmes. Dans ce cas des lunettes qui compenseraient leur vue défectueuse sont une solution temporaire. En tant qu’optométriste fonctionnelle je rejoins les pensées du dr. Bates, ophtalmologue new-yorkais sur la nécessité d’apprendre à relâcher le stress mental pour récupérer de la vue. Pas tout le monde est près à faire ce changement. C’est un excellent livre intéressant pour avoir dans sa bibliothèque.