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[mass noun] A technique intended to improve eyesight using eye exercises rather than lenses or surgery.
- ‘We now come to the part of the Bates method aimed at improving the use of the extrinsic muscles.’
- ‘With no measurable improvement in Jess’ eyesight the Bates method remains controversial and unsuccessful in the eyes of the medical profession.’
- ‘If the Bates method is as useful and practical as I have led you to believe, why isn't it in more general use?’
- ‘This book clearly explains the cause of bad eyesight and how to use the Bates method to overcome it.’
- ‘The patient said that as a young man he had used the Bates method for improving defective vision.’
1920s: named after William H. Bates (1860–1931), American ophthalmologist.
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