by Shaun Marron
An estimate stemming from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey states that around 50 percent of Americans over the age of 20 suffer from vision problems, especially those approaching middle age. Vision ailment leads many to buy glasses, contact lenses, or even laser vision correction. Nathan Oxenfeld, founder of Integral Eyesight Improvement, has developed a holistic vision program to support healthy eyesight naturally by helping the body and mind reduce strain placed on one’s eyes. This program is partially based on the Bates method, a therapy meant to improve eyesight.
Originally developed by an ophthalmologist in the early 1900s, The Bates method aims to teach a more relaxed, strain-free way to see. It also emphasizes the issue of mental strain, which Integral Eyesight Improvement aids with mental relaxation. Oxenfeld explains, “Think of physical therapy. While crutches can help someone suffering short term, without physical therapy those muscles will not regain correct function. The Bates Method is like physical therapy for the eyes, plus mental therapy for the mind. Many people initially think of the Bates method as a series of eye exercises, when in reality it involves relaxing the eyes and mind.” Integral Eyesight Improvement has created a holistic approach to eye care by combining the Bates method with yoga, meditation, nutrition, emotional healing, and more.
Nathan Oxenfeld has been a certified Bates method instructor since 2013, and previously taught Integral Yoga. Much of what he teaches stems not only from the Bates method, but also from improving his own vision after depending on strong glasses and contacts for over a decade. Once he succeeded in reversing his myopia and astigmatism utilizing natural methods, he aspired to help others achieve similar results. Since the original publication of his book in 2015, and with the 2018 updated edition, he aims to share his expertise with the world.
Available in both paperback and ebook through Amazon, Give Up Your Glasses for Good: Holistic Eye Care for the 21st Century is a step-by-step workbook aimed to unleash the body and mind’s natural vision abilities. Nathan also offers an individual online course called the Holistic Vision Program, facilitates an online 12-week group course once or twice a year, and coaches’ students one-on-one in person or globally via Skype.
Through their programs, Integral Eyesight Improvement aims to help the body heal vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, lazy eye, double vision, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and more. The webstore section on Nathans website also features works by Dr. William Bates himself, as well as How to Improve Your Child’s Eyesight Naturally: A Thoughtful Parent’s Guide by Dr. Janet Goodrich, Ph.D. and Healthy Vision: Prevent and Reverse Eye Disease through Better Nutrition by Dr. Neal Adams. Beyond literature, one can find preservative-free eye drops, vision supporting supplements, as well as physical tools for at-home vision training. Equally impressive is the abundant free content Nathan provides.
“When I first read about the Bates method, I have to admit I was skeptical,” Oxenfeld reveals, “but looking deeper I became impressed with the success others have seen. That’s why we offer free content such as podcasts, videos, and articles through our blog and YouTube.” Nathan’s YouTube channel currently boasts hundreds of thousands of views.
“As I started improving my own vision, I observed small strides but struggled with some of the concepts. I experienced complete success once I worked with a certified Bates method teacher. I now work to make the process effortless and efficient so students don’t waste time or energy making the same mistakes I made.” The course begins with a one-on-one consultation with Nathan in order to begin identifying the underlying causes that could have contributed to the vision problem in the first place, and develop a vision improvement plan.
After completing a successful East Coast book tour in June, Oxenfeld is gearing up for a West Coast book tour in October. He posts tour dates as they are announced on his website. Oxenfeld concludes, “We provide the free content because most people don’t even know natural alternatives exist. I like to give people the opportunity to educate themselves about how natural vision improvement works before they commit to it. It’s helpful to see how others have been helped through our programs, in order to feel more empowered knowing that it is possible to take your eye health back into your own hands.”
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