Definition of Bates method in English:

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Bates method


[mass noun]
A technique intended to improve eyesight using eye exercises rather than lenses or surgery.
Example sentences
  • The patient said that as a young man he had used the Bates method for improving defective vision.
  • This book clearly explains the cause of bad eyesight and how to use the Bates method to overcome it.
  • We now come to the part of the Bates method aimed at improving the use of the extrinsic muscles.


1920s: named after William H. Bates (1860–1931), American ophthalmologist.

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