I have been wearing glasses since the 2nd grade (~7 years old) and I began wearing contacts part time at the age of 16. I am now 29 and learned about the Bates Method and the possibilities of natural vision improvement on December 25, 2007.
Within six months I have already seen significant improvement of my vision. On the page titled “Vision Improvement Graphs” I have links to graphs showing my improvement as measured on a Snellen Chart. I began this process wearing a -8 diopter lens (in my right eye) and am now at -6 diopters to see as sharply. I get by perfectly fine wearing a -5 diopter lens for most activities. The lens power I require to correct my refractive error doesn’t do justice to my improvements however. I have moments of completely clear vision and without my glasses my visual acuity is much better than would be predicted by my lens prescription. I am tracking my progress without glasses by reading my Snellen Chart everyday and periodically measure my required refractive correction with a focometer.
To anyone new to the Bates Method and related vision improvement methods: I can attest that six months has flown by and you should not be discouraged at the thought of this method taking possibly years to work. Time goes by so quickly and the rewards (not to mention health benefits) of improving your vision naturally are well worth the patience.