Bates Method Principles of Eyesight Improvement: Imagination

Imagination is closely linked to memory, as we can only imagine something to the degree that we can remember it, and it is difficult to separate these in the treatment to improve vision.

Vision is to a great degree a question of imagination and memory (See Bates Method Principles of Eyesight Improvement: Memory).  As neither imagination nor memory are possible without relaxation, the cultivation of these faculties not only improves the interpretation of the images impressed upon the retina, but also perfects the images themselves.

When you imagine seeing a letter on the eyechart, you are then able to see it, because it is impossible to relax and imagine the letter, while at the same time being tense and see it imperfectly.

The following method to utilize imagination has produced fast results in many cases:

Look at a close distance the biggest letter of the eyechart and, in general, you will be able to notice that a small area, of approximately two centimetres square, appears to be blacker than the rest, and that when the the part of the letter that is worsely seen is covered, part of the area that is uncovered appears to be blacker than the rest.

When the part that is worsely seen is covered again, the area of maximum blackness is reduced even more. When the area seen optimally has been reduced to approximately the size of the smallest letter in the eyechart, imagine that such letter occupies that area and that it is blacker than the rest. Then, look at a letter in smallest line of the eyechart and imagine that it is blacker than the biggest letter of the eyechart. If you are able to do this, you will then enable yourself to see the letters in the smallest line of the eyechart.