Bates eye method
The Bates eye method is the theory is that poor eyesight can be cured by relaxation exercises of the muscles surrounding the eyes. It was originally proposed by William Horatio Bates back in 1891 but, despite being pure hogwash, it still has proponents today, some of which use the marketing tactic of calling it something "they" don't want you to know about. One common program using such exercises was the See Clearly Method.
It has all the hallmarks of woo, specifically:
- The basic concept contradicts standard medical understanding.[please explain]
- There are no proper studies to support its claims.
- It relies on argument from authority - Aldous Huxley was "treated" using the Bates eye method and claimed improved eyesight. However, he admitted his eyesight was still far from normal.
- Palming — covering the eyes with the palm of the hand so as to provide complete darkness.
- Visualisation — which comes down to memorising at the end of the day.
- Eye rolling — actually quite helpful for relieving eye strain.
- Sunning — staring directly at the sun and, in an illustration from one of his books, focusing sunlight on the eyeball with a magnifying lens — please don't do this!
- A woo site explaining the Bates Method to the credulous
- A rather more scientific approach, from the Quackwatch site
- ↑ This method was widely advertised in the early 2000s, but lawsuits that commenced in 2006 halted advertising of this product.
- ↑ Catholics treated for eye injuries after staring at the sun in order to see a vision of Mary.