Bates Method

Level: Professional Development/Personal Achievement

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Bates Method to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

This course has been designed to train both the therapist and the individual. This method of simple techniques and exercises to achieve and maintain healthy eyesight was devised by an eminent New York eye specialist, Dr. William H. Bates.  It can help anyone, no matter how good or poor their sight may be, improving the health and strength of the eyes.


  • Lesson One
    • The Art of Seeing
      • Dr William Horatio Bates (1860 – 1931)
      • What is the Bates Method?
      • Iridology
      • The Effectiveness of Glasses
      • The Retinoscope
      • The Concept
    • The Eye – The Organ of Sight
      • Light Rays
      • The Eyeball
  • Lesson Two
    • The Eye (Continued)
      • The Blind Spot
      • Exercise to Find the Optic Disc
      • The Visual Path and the Optic Nerve
      • Aqueous Humour
      • Vitreous Humour
      • The Lens of the Eye
      • Eye Function
      • Protection of the Eyes
      • Summary of the Structure of the Eye
      • Summary of the Function of the Eye
      • Vision
      • Eye Testing
  • Lesson Three
    • Common Conditions of the Eye
      • Cataracts
      • Astigmatism
      • Glaucoma
      • Night Blindness
      • Conjunctivitis
      • Ulcers
      • First Aid Treatment for Particles in the Eye
      • Uveitis, Iritis, Choroiditis
      • Detached Retina
      • Retinitis
      • Squint
      • Optic Nerve Damage
    • Central Fixation
  • Lesson Four
    • Techniques
      • Palming
      • The Swings
      • Binocularity Exercises
      • Acuity
      • Hand and Eye Co-ordination
      • Eye Balancing
      • General Eye Care
  • Lesson Five
    • Memory and Imagination
      • How to Practise with a Test Card
      • The Mind Connection
      • Relaxation Techniques
  • Lesson Six
    • Other Reference Points
      • Homoeopathy
      • Bach Flower Remedies
      • Nutrition
    • The Consultation
      • The Initial Consultation

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.